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Gabrielle Giffords Launches Gun Control Effort

Two years after a vicious attack, a new campaign begins

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Gabrielle Giffords(Arizona Republic)

On the second anniversary of the horrific Tuscon shooting, in which six people were killed and 13 were injured, then-Congresswoman Gabrille Giffords among them, the former lawmaker is starting an initiative with her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, to counter the influence of the gun lobby.

The new initiative will push for background checks for private gun sales and look at ways to better address mental illness, among other efforts, Kelly told ABC.

Gifford’s group aims to take on the National Rifle Association, which in 2011 spent over 11 times more on lobbying than all gun control lobbyists combined.

The new group has set up a political action committee to raise funds “to balance the influence of the gun lobby,” it said on its website, americansforresponsiblesolutions.org.

“Until now, the gun lobby’s political contributions, advertising and lobbying have dwarfed spending from anti-gun violence groups. No longer,” Giffords wrote in an opinion piece published Tuesday in USA Today.

As the issue of gun control remains in the spotlight in the wake of last month’s shooting, here are a few of our most recent features on the topic.

Liel Leibovitz wrote on why the United States should emulate Israel’s gun culture and not its laws.

Michael Monyihan was righteous in his indignation about the invocation of the Holocaust by guns-rights activists.

Rabbi Marc Katz looks to Jewish texts and asks what Judaism says about weapons.

Former lawmaker Giffords launches gun control drive [Reuters]

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Klara Alex says:

Thank you Gabi. This is what courage and public service is allabout.

PhillipNagle says:

How about the same level of control on voter registration. The ones who are pushing hardest for a national registry of gun owners (liberals) are the same one ones who oppose picture ID’s for voters. Do you smell the hypocracy.

One is a much larger problem. There are 30,000 gun deaths every year in the US, including 10,000 murders. On the other hand, there are estimated to be less than 10 cases of voter fraud in the US each election cycle. With voter registration laws as the republicans wanted, the poor and students (i.e. Democrats) would be dis-proportionally disenfranchised, while everyone would be subject to gun laws.

PhillipNagle says:

Wrong ! In Minnesotta they couldn’t find a trace of several thousand “same day registered ” voters. The “less than ten cases of voter fraud” is an out and out lie. Actually voter ID laws apply to everyone and students have ID’s from their schools and people on welfare have state issued ID. The case for anyone being disenfranchised was false propaganda by those who wanted to cheat in elections (ie Democrats). While everyone would be subject to gun laws, they would only affect gun owners, which should make no difference .

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Gabrielle Giffords Launches Gun Control Effort

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