Gabby Giffords to rally for background checks
April 12th, 2013
02:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Gabby Giffords to rally for background checks

Washington (CNN) - The gun control group founded by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, critically wounded in a January 2011 shooting, and her husband Mark Kelly is trying to rally support for the two senators who this week unveiled a bi-partisan bill to dramatically expand background checks for gun buyers.

The group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, is sponsoring robocalls into Pennsylvania, the home states of Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and West Virginia, the home state of Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin which asks the public to help get the bill passed. Kelly recorded the soundtrack for the calls.

"I am calling to thank your Senator Pat Toomey for working across party lines to sponsor critical legislation to keeps out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill by expanding background checks. If Senator Toomey's bill becomes law, it will be more difficult for dangerous people to get guns and our communities will be safer as a result all while protecting our Second Amendment rights. But he needs your support to get it done." Kelly says in one call.


Audio from Americans for Responsible Solutions

In the other he says "I am calling to thank your Senator Joe Manchin for working across party lines to sponsor critical legislation to protect the Second Amendment rights of West Virginians and to keep your family safe from gun violence. If Senator Manchin's bill becomes law more West Virginians will have the opportunity to responsibly exercise their gun rights and fewer dangerous people will have access to guns."

In both calls Kelly asks the public to call the senators to show their support for the new legislation. "He needs your help to get it done," says Kelly.

The proposed bill would mandate background checks for guns purchased at shows and online but would exempt transfers of firearms by family members and some private sales. In an email to supporters Friday, Giffords and Kelly lauded the Senate vote on Thursday defeating an attempt to filibuster the major gun bill. The Manchin-Toomey proposal will be voted on as an amendment to that legislation.

"We're going to be on Capitol Hill next week to talk to Senators about our support for the Manchin-Toomney bill to expand background checks. It would be great if they heard from you before we got there," they said.

CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reported earlier this week Giffords was going to visit Washington next week, along with Kelly, to attend an unveiling of a bust of Gabe Zimmerman, an aide to Gifford who was killed along with five others in the 2011 Tucson, Arizona shooting that wounded the then-congresswoman from Arizona.

Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are both scheduled to attend the eevent scheduled for Tuesday, April 16. Members of Gabe Zimmerman's family as well as other dignitaries are expected to be in attendance.

CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun rights
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    i am getting sooo tired of seeing these two clowns. please just go away and stop trying to take away our rights.

    April 12, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. DaveC

    Gabby and her husband might as well give up. As far as the NRA and the rest of the gun nut lobby are concerned they are born again communists.

    A better solution is that EVERY SINGLE PERSON who is for background checks and against assault weapons please joint the NRA! Change this organization from within and neuter it. Let's do the numbers.

    Out of the NRA's 2 million members probably only 200,000 are somewhat involved in the organization. That is a manageable number for a takeover. Of that 200,000 only about 50,000 actively get involved in the political end (that is probably a high end number). This is a REAL achievable takeover number for the gun control advocates. Remember, not all 50,000 have to be gun control advocates; only a sizable majority. Finally the gun control advocates get VOTING CONTROL of the NRA board. Don't do anything controversial at first. Cut the lobbyist budget by 1/4 or 1/2 and devote it to the NRA's true mission (gun safety, etc.). Gradually get the NRA out of funding political campaigns.

    This is the road map of how to defeat the NRA. Actually, defeat is a strong word. We just want to get the NRA back to it's original mission and stop being a political arm of the republican party. Set this as a 5-6 year plan and reasonable gun control will be on the books.

    April 12, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Ed1

    Really I thought she was against it old news why is it here forgot CNN likes old news unless it's anything to do with gun control.

    April 12, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Sniffit is, of course, is once again indulging in name callling and demonization of those who have legitimate concerns, "

    "Legitimate concerns" directed at liberals/Democrats or frequently raised when arguing against liberal/Dem positions:

    Where's his berf surtifikate?
    He's a secret muslim.
    Empahsis on the "Hussein"
    Death panels!!!
    Marxist
    Maoist
    National confiscation
    Gun grabbers
    UN black helicopters
    Communists
    Drone attack you while you're having your coffee
    Hitler
    Stalin
    Lenin
    Union toadies
    Being gay and gay marriage is the same as polygamy/pederasty/beastiality/alcoholism
    "Welfare queens" imagery/assumptions
    Handouts
    Freebies
    Leeches
    Mooches
    Takers
    47%
    Wetbacks
    Illegals
    Buying votes with handouts
    Busing in Mexicans to vote
    Imaginary voter fraud demagoguery
    Pull the plug on grandma
    Reverse-racism
    etc
    etc

    And then you whine when we fight back. Yawn. Cry more...your tears sustain me.

    April 12, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "A better solution is that EVERY SINGLE PERSON who is for background checks and against assault weapons please joint the NRA!"

    Ummmm...no...that would require giving them money, which is a bad idea if the point is to stop them from doing what they do.

    April 12, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Donna

    In the other he says "I am calling to thank your Senator Joe Manchin for working across party lines to sponsor critical legislation to protect the Second Amendment rights of West Virginians and to keep your family safe from gun violence. If Senator Manchin's bill becomes law more West Virginians will have the opportunity to responsibly exercise their gun rights and fewer dangerous people will have access to guns."
    ---

    Protect your Second Amendment rights??? BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! Hey people of West Virginia! Hear THAT?!! They think you are complete and total MORONS. Obama and the Democrats are out to PROTECT your gun gun rights!!! Can you believe this stuff??? Hec, the old Soviet Union communist Pravda propoganda wasn't THIS good!!!

    April 12, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Patrick in Wisconsin

    Donna, are you being sarcastic? I certainly hope so; that's the only way I can justify you posting such stupid bs that Rush Limbaugh would appear smart.

    April 12, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. nothing new here

    Look, I have to show ID, or get a background check, for just about everything else that I work for.
    I just had to get another background check at my job, just to drive a company vehicle.
    I showed ID to purchase beer. I showed ID to cash a check.
    So what is the issue here? Either be for real, show proof of who you are when purchasing a gun, or step aside and go spend your money on something else.
    Good grief.

    April 12, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |