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Gabrielle Giffords slams former Capitol Hill colleagues

Less than a week after former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords met with devastated families of the slain, Sandy Hook schoolchildren—she has launched a website to raise money for gun control legislation — on the two-year anniversary of the mass shooting in Tucson that nearly killed her.

Giffords, who survived a gunshot to the head that affected her speech and mobility, is calling her site Americans for Responsible Solutions, and noted there have been 11 mass shootings in the United States since the Tucson incident that left six people dead on January 8, 2011.

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Gabrielle Giffords visited families of those killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre

She and her husband, Mark Kelley—a former astronaut and Shuttle commander—also wrote a scathing Op-ed piece Tuesday in USA Today.  Of the folks on Capitol Hill she wrote, “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 U.S. Congress let a controversial “assault weapons” ban expire in 2004, during the Bush Administration, and in the wake of the December 14th Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut—which left 20 first-graders dead, along with seven adults, President Obama has asked Vice President, Joe Biden, to come up with substantive legislative proposals.

CNN reported Tuesday that Biden will meet with representatives of the National Rifle Association—which heavily lobbies Congress on gun legislation—in the near future.  The NRA was roundly criticized, when it held a press conference one week after the Sandy Hook massacre and suggested putting an armed officer in every school in America.

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3 Comments to “Gabrielle Giffords slams former Capitol Hill colleagues”

    Whoee said:
    January 8, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Hey, Gabby, go find your brain.

    sick_of_fascism said:
    January 9, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    PATHETIC

    Gifford, your relevance isn't what you think it is. The father of the little girl slain in AZ says to leave guns alone. I beleive he lost much (MUCH) more than you and his words carry 100 times the weight of "one of your own" (just how narcistic can you get?).

    Run along now Gabby, and be the good little media whore your handlers tell you to be.

    Maxwell said:
    January 9, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Nearly all the shooters involved in these "mass shootings" have been on some type of psychotic drugs, maybe Gabby can consider focusing her attention on the real issue, how are these unstable people gaining access to weapons and how can that be prevented?

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