Two years after the Tucson shooting in which six people were killed, and 13 others were injured, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Giffords and husband Mark Kelly used the date to call for Congress to do something.
"In response to a horrific series of shootings that has sown terror in our communities, victimized tens of thousands of Americans, and left one of its own bleeding and near death in a Tucson parking lot, Congress has done something quite extraordinary -- nothing at all," the couple writes in a co-authored editorial published yesterday in the USA Today.
Giffords and Kelly announced an organization they've created called Americans for Responsible Solutions, which is supposed to counteract the NRA -- especially in the money department, so legislators "will no longer have reason to fear the gun lobby."
What kind of laws Giffords and Kelly want passed by Congress aren't laid out, but they've got the generals mentioned in this editorial.
"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," they write. "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."
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
Although it's not specific, do you agree with Giffords' and Kelly's stance?
Cast your vote below: