Giffords Launches Pro-Gun Control Organization to Fight Gun Lobby

by S.H. Blannelberry,  |  published on January 11, 2013

Along with her husband Mark Kelly, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has created a political action committee – Americans for Responsible Solutions – to combat the widespread political influence of the National Rifle Association.

In an op-ed published in USA Today, Giffords and Kelly explained the impetus behind their decision to jump into the debate over gun control:

Until now, the gun lobby’s political contributions, advertising and lobbying have dwarfed spending from anti-gun violence groups. No longer. With Americans for Responsible Solutions engaging millions of people about ways to reduce gun violence and funding political activity nationwide, legislators will no longer have reason to fear the gun lobby.

Giffords, who was shot in the head by a deranged gunman at a political gathering near Tucson, Arizona, in 2011, and Kelly emphasized that, as gun owners themselves, they do not support confiscatory gun polices.

However, they do want ‘responsible changes’ to our gun laws.

As a Western woman and a Persian Gulf War combat veteran who have exercised our Second Amendment rights, we don’t want to take away your guns any more than we want to give up the two guns we have locked in a safe at home. What we do want is what the majority of NRA members and other Americans want: responsible changes in our laws to require responsible gun ownership and reduce gun violence.

In scope and breadth, their policy platform (or their ‘responsible solutions’) is not much different than what other gun control advocacy groups are proposing: universal background checks, a ban on ‘assault weapons’ and high capacity magazines, and laws that crackdown on straw purchasers.

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