Gabby Giffords in new ad: 'Congress must act'
February 11th, 2013
10:54 AM ET
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Gabby Giffords in new ad: 'Congress must act'

(CNN) – Looking into the camera with her husband standing alongside, Gabrielle Giffords says, "Let's get this done."

The former congresswoman, who was severely injured after being shot in the head two years ago, appears in a new television ad released Monday and urges Congress to take action on issuing tougher gun laws.

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"We have a problem. Where we shop; where we pray; where our children go to school. But there are solutions we can agree on, even gun owners like us," she says "Take it from me: Congress must act."

Her comments can be heard over images of the mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado; Newtown, Connecticut; Oak Creek, Wisconsin; and Tucson, Arizona.

The six-figure ad buy will run this week on television and online, according to the political action committee Americans for Responsible Solutions. Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, announced the launch of the organization last month on the two-year marking point of the Tucson shooting rampage that left six dead and 13 others wounded, including Giffords.

Since the group's launch a month ago, it has raised more than $1.5 million online, with an average contribution of less than $75, according to a release.

The group released the new ad the same day Vice President Joe Biden travels to Philadelphia to highlight the Obama administration's push for stricter gun legislation. Among the proposals backed by the president include a ban on assault weapons, universal background checks and limits to high-capacity magazines.

Obama will travel Friday to Chicago, where he will likely make mention of gun violence in a city that saw more than 500 firearm deaths last year. And first lady Michelle Obama attended the Chicago funeral Saturday for a slain teenager who died of gunfire late last month.

While an assault weapons ban appears increasingly unlikely, Giffords' new ad points to wide agreement on universal background checks. Current law stipulates that background checks are not required for private transactions, including those that take place at gun shows.

The commercial will run on cable news outlets, including CNN, in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, and Louisville, Kentucky. The cities represent home towns and states of congressional leaders. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi represents San Francisco, while House Speaker John Boehner comes from Ohio. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid represents Nevada and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was elected in Kentucky.

Along with an online campaign, the ad will specifically run in coordination Tuesday with President Obama's State of the Union address, where he's expected to talk about gun violence.

Giffords is also slated to attend the president's address this week. The appearance follows her powerful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in late January, in which she pleaded for Congress to make big changes to prevent gun violence.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. PaulCat

    Okay Gabby, if we the republicans agree to issuing tougher gun laws, what's in it for us? How can we continue to make money?

    February 11, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Gregory M. Newbold

    A couple of truths

    1.) We don`t have more mentally ill people today than we had in 1980 yet we have many more gun massacres. Keeping guns out of crazy people`s hands is not the cause-n-effect relationship that the Right portrays it to be. Mental health is a tiertiary relationship at best.

    2.) We have MORE GUNS we have HIGHER CAPACITY MAGAZINES than we did in 1980. Those have much more of a primary relationship to the increase in GUN violence.

    3.) It was the 19th bullet that killed that 9-year old girl in the Aeizona shooting and the gunman was subdued by courageous "non-gun-toting" Americans when he went to reload. If he had been limited to 10 rounds, that child would likely be alive today. She`d have a chance to go to her prom.

    4.) Britain, Spain, Germany, Japan, Australia, etc. all watch American movies and play American video games and they don`t have the GUN CARNAGE that we do. Violent video games are not the problem.

    Guns can`t kill without ammunition. Track, catalog, register, ristrict, manage, minimize ammunition availability & usage. The Constitution says you can bear ares; it doesn`t say you have a right to buy the ammo for your gun or do so in large amounts. AR-15 users, make your own bullets.

    February 11, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Gun-ban laws are the most disparate need in USA.

    February 11, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    High capacity clips and magazines combined with these "stand your ground" laws are a recipe for a disaster where a who lot of people may be shot and no one can be held legally accountable for their actions. "I was scared and feared for my life."

    February 11, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Namejames hope

    And whoever wrote the lines about more guns. And mags is wrong,we had the same amount and its still happening! Look at the people who have comitted these mass shooting's they were all proven to have mental problems yet you still want to blame guns! Wake up and look at the real facts don't make it up as you go along!

    February 11, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Curious_G

    Gregory Newbold – your "truths" are anything but. I see some suppositions and some outright falsehoods.

    The AR-15 you clearly demonize has been around since 1964 (in civilian hands), so acting like they are some new thing that came around in 1980 (why you choose that date is unclear) is ignorant at best. On top of it, you silly notion about limiting ammunition and the little funny quip about punishing certain people – "sorry AR-15 users!" is also ignorant at best – considering they don't shoot some special bullet relegated to just that firearm. nice try though.

    February 11, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. California Gary

    I don't know how anyone can see this woman speak and hear what she has to say, and then try to make the case that we don't need to do anything about gun laws. Universal background checks and restrictions on high capacity magazines won't solve all the problems, but it's a start and will have some beneficial effect. Let's get it done.

    February 11, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    One item that should be either enacted or enforced (if already on the books) is making sure that the weapon is secured. If people have watched the movie Couples Retreat, there is the point where Vince Vaughn's character gets his gun out from a SECURED BOX. That is part of the problem that people who shouldn't have the gun still get one because they live with someone who doesn't secure it well enough.

    Assault weapons aren't for hunting game or self defense. They are for the military and police since they are really designed for killing people. That is what the military is trained, in part, to do. The police need them to protect the normal law abiding civilians from the criminal element out there.

    February 11, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Just Kyle

    So let me get this straight. If you're a victim of violence, you automatically become an expert on violence? Honestly, why should anyone listen to anything that she has to say? Has she conducted any scientific studies on violence in America? I respect that she has an opinion, but honestly, her opinion isn't any more relevant than anyone else.

    February 11, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |