Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly tout background checks
March 6th, 2013
03:39 PM ET
1 year ago

Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly tout background checks

(CNN) - Gabrielle Giffords, a former congresswoman shot and wounded more than two years ago, urged support for background checks on Wednesday.

She and her husband, Mark Kelly, spoke at a gun control rally in Tucson, Arizona, the same place where an assailant shot her in the head.

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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control • Gun rights • Mark Kelly
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  1. Rudy NYC

    It must have been an emotionally tough moment to go back to that same location. Let's hope that we can pass some sensible gun control laws, and particularly some "gun owner responsibility laws".

    There are those who say that background checks would not have stopped the Tucson shooting. Unfortunately, under current Arizona law, I understand that they would be correct. This is why we need the reforms, especially on the mental health issue.

    March 6, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. jonnyg

    Back ground checks would be discrimination against black since more than 50% of them wouldn't pass

    March 6, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Name lynn

    We the people hope back ground check work, because people is still getting their hands on guns, an still kiling an shooting people.

    March 6, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Donna

    FIRST pass laws repealing the healthcare privacy statutes for the mentally ill, people on drugs, depressed people, people with anxiety, etc. What good are background checks when all the crazy people in this country aren't going to register with the government? They need to give up their privacy for the good of the commune.

    March 6, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. MaryM

    Thank you Gabby and Mark

    March 6, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    I am so glad that Gabby is doing so well. Unfortunately her words will fall on deaf ears. The NRA will spend inordinate amounts of time and money to make sure that her message is not received or any of her ideas enforced.

    March 6, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. just askin

    so when will all psychiatrists be required to report all their patients to the government so a database of crazy people can created? we hve do not fly lists for airlines. we need a do not buy list of crazy people to deny them a gun.

    March 6, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Donna

    FIRST pass laws repealing the healthcare privacy statutes for the mentally ill, people on drugs, depressed people, people with anxiety, etc. What good are background checks when all the crazy people in this country aren't going to register with the government? They need to give up their privacy for the good of the commune.
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    The Republicans led the NRA charge to put those laws on the books under Reagan. The statutes are written specifically to protect gun/ammo purchasers and gun owners.

    March 6, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Borderless

    Here's the way I want to see the background checks conducted:
    Are you an active member of the armed forces or law enforcement? No? Then you don't need a gun. Bye bye. NEXT!

    March 6, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Larry L

    @jonnyg

    Back ground checks would be discrimination against black since more than 50% of them wouldn't pass
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    How about members of the KKK? Ask around to your family members and report back to us.

    March 6, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Carly

    The paranoids of this country will never allow ANY sensible legislation. Luckily we still have more sane than paranoids who do not worry about black helicopters. Pretty funny stuff when you think about it. On second thought, just plain embarassing. Always nice to see Gabby and to observe her daily struggle caused by another paranoid nutjob. The Bush Administration did way too well with the fear mongering.

    March 6, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Mel

    As a gun owner I strongly support background checks and legislation to prevent straw buyers. However, I am worried that the existing gun laws are not being enforced. Especially so regarding felons who are caught with firearms.

    March 6, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -Donna

    FIRST pass laws repealing the healthcare privacy statutes for the mentally ill, people on drugs, depressed people, people with anxiety, etc. What good are background checks when all the crazy people in this country aren't going to register with the government? They need to give up their privacy for the good of the commune.
    ************
    When are you signing up? You qualify.

    March 6, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |