Giffords' group makes new pitch to the West
April 3rd, 2013
01:07 PM ET
1 year ago

Giffords' group makes new pitch to the West

Washington (CNN) – The group formed by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly to push for new gun control measures is trying to build support in the Western U.S.

In what is called a "significant" six figure ad buy, Americans Responsible for Solutions is putting up web ads in Giffords' home state of Arizona as well as in Colorado, Montana and Nevada mentioning senators in each state.

Giffords and Kelly have focused their efforts on the proposal for universal background checks so that will they include guns bought at shows or online.

President Obama is traveling to Colorado today to try to drum up support for the gun control proposals which the Senate is expected to take up later this month.

The group's spokeswoman says it is also launching targeted web ads in those same four western states trying to pressure opinion leaders and gun owners.

Group officials say they hope since Giffords and Kelly are from the West and are gun owners themselves that will help convince people in the region to support expanding background checks.

Giffords is also expected to have op-eds in newspapers in those states in the coming days.


Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Keep up the pressure. 9/10 Americans support universal background checks. It's not wise to go against the will of the people. The gun debate is the issue that will define the 2014 elections and we're paying very close attention to those legislators who oppose stronger gun laws. You've been warned.

    April 3, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. jsmoulder

    The numbers Obama uses in his speeches are from a twenty year old study of 251 gun owners. I believe back ground checks have already been increased. 70,291,049 since Obama took office.

    April 3, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Abbey

    A vote for National Registry on gun owners is already a failure. So much for reducing crime and criminals with guns.

    April 3, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    jsmoulder wrote:

    The numbers Obama uses in his speeches are from a twenty year old study of 251 gun owners. I believe back ground checks have already been increased. 70,291,049 since Obama took office.
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    When people buy significatly more guns, the number of background checks should significantly increase. Your point?

    April 3, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Ed1

    What happened to you was tragic but until we can start checking backgrounds on the mentally ill this will happen again and again.

    When you do pass a law that will include checking the mentally ill the ACLU will stop that like a lot of things that we really need now.

    We really need to enforce the laws we have now before we start adding more that will not be enforced.

    April 3, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Ed1

    Rudy NYC,

    The base was so small I don't see any point in using it that's the point.

    The laws need to be enforced that are on the books now before adding anymore.

    April 3, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Ed1

    What happened to you was tragic but until we can start checking backgrounds on the mentally ill this will happen again and again.

    When you do pass a law that will include checking the mentally ill the ACLU will stop that like a lot of things that we really need now
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    Actually, Ed, there is a national database of people with mental health issues. Unfortunately the right wing passed legislation expressly prohibiting that information being included as part of a criminal background check on a gun purchase. In other words, a potential employer can find out that you spent a couple years in the state's psychiatric hospital, but the gun shop owner is prohibitied from having access to that type of information.

    April 3, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. just sayin

    Abbey
    A vote for National Registry on gun owners is already a failure. So much for reducing crime and criminals with guns.
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    so a registry of law abiding gun owners is now equated with criminals and crime? all because they want to exercise their 2nd amendment rights? why can't we register all women who get abortions? after all, if they are willing to murder a baby, who knows what other heinous crime they may commit?

    April 3, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |