Gabby Giffords Is Not Done Fighting Against Gun Violence (HBO)

The world knows Gabby Giffords as a gun violence survivor and former congresswoman from Arizona who has emerged as a leader in the movement for common sense gun legislation. What the world doesn’t know is the amount work Gabby has to put in behind the scenes, every day, to be able to continue her work.

Giffords was shot in the head at close range at a constituent meeting in 2011. She survived the attack, but with critical injuries. Since that time, she and her husband, retired astonaut, Captain Mark Kelly, have dedicated their lives to ending gun violence.

“This isn’t about responsible gun ownership this is about the irresponsible people out there.,” Mark Kelly told VICE News. “The gun lobby says this these reforms are an infringement on your rights. They’re not. Nobody’s trying to take away anybody’s Second Amendment right, if you’re a responsible person.”

Gabby and Mark’s work for common sense gun legislation can be mentally and physically taxing. And for Gabby, it’s all the more grueling because of the challenges of her own injury. But that’s not stopping her from charging ahead — with her recovery, and with her cause.

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Watch Mark Kelly and Gabby Gifford’s powerful speech after the Las Vegas shooting

Former Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly delivered a powerful speech on Monday following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas. Kelly and Giffords, herself a shooting victim, had strong words for the Trump administration. Following is a transcript of the video.

Mark Kelly: Your thoughts and prayers aren’t going to stop the next shooting. Only action and leadership will do that.

We, you, must demand leadership. We need a president who recognizes that we have a gun violence problem, and will work toward solutions. Americans need more than our president’s prayers. We need his plans.

Pass universal background checks to make sure everyone gets a background check before they obtain a gun. The studies are clear. Where these laws are passed, fewer people get shot. Where they have been repealed, murder and violence has increased. Subject the sale of the most lethal weapons to stronger oversight and regulation.

You can buy an AR-15 in a parking lot with no background check at all. That’s crazy.

Well, I’m a gun owner, Gabby’s a gun owner. I’m a supporter of the Second Amendment. However, we can respect the Second Amendment and the rights of responsible gun owners, and at the same time, we can keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers, potential mass shooters, and idiots.

Gabrielle Giffords: The nation’s counting on you.


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