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.
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.