Giffords, Kelly to write another book
February 11th, 2014
11:06 AM ET
8 months ago

Giffords, Kelly to write another book

Washington (CNN) – Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, recovering from a 2011 gunshot wound to the head, and her husband Mark Kelly will write a book to be issued later this year on gun rights and gun violence, their publisher, Scribner, announced Tuesday.

The book, "Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence," is set to be published in June.

Scribner also published their first book, "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope," which came out in November, 2011.

After the shooting, the couple - gun owners themselves - became major advocates for some firearm control measures such as expanding background checks for purchases. Despite heavy lobbying by both of them and creating an advocacy group called Americans for Responsible Solutions, the measure fell short of the votes need to advance in the Senate last year.

In an e-mail solicitation last week, Kelly said the group had so far raised just more than $18 million from almost 219,000 contributors (a majority of them less than $100 each) as it tries to battle the National Rifle Association.

Giffords continues to make progress from her wound with speech and walking rehabilitation, including driving for the first time this month. She posted a message Friday on her Facebook page saying "2014 will be a year of many wins for me–moments when I do something I thought I might never be able to do again." She also posted a video of her behind the wheel on a closed driving course.

"Driving at CoTA was a bit like racing my motorcycle back in Arizona–but this time, it was just me, Mark and the pavement. I feel honored to have taken this important step on one of the finest tracks in the world. And while I may not be Mario Andretti, I think I handled the road pretty well."

Last month, to help show the progress of her recovery, she skydived to mark the third anniversary of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona, which left six dead and 12 others wounded.

She also wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times marking her progress and vowed to continue her recovery and efforts at gun control.

"Our fight is a lot more like my rehab. Every day, we must wake up resolved and determined. We'll pay attention to the details; look for opportunities for progress, even when the pace is slow. Some progress may seem small, and we might wonder if the impact is enough, when the need is so urgent," she wrote.

"But every day we will recruit a few more allies, talk to a few more elected officials, convince a few more voters. Some days the steps will come easily; we'll feel the wind at our backs. Other times our knees will buckle. We'll tire of the burden. I know this feeling. But we'll persist."


Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Mark Kelly
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. PaulG

    "But If the NRA will not negotiate"
    What's to negotiate, all you side does is demand we give up another piece of the pie. You have nothing to bring to the table. NFA, GCA, NICS is quite enough. Time to enforce existing law.

    February 11, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. PaulG

    "no we just want reasonable gun control"
    Yeah define reasonable, because your version will be quite different than mine.

    February 11, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. xray vision

    Tony D, Sheldon adleson gave 160,000,000 in one eke tion, so what's your point?

    February 11, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. xray vision

    And the top 4 gop donors gave nearly a half billion dollars, but its the four you mentioned trying to buy our government huh? Have another glass, and all will be well.

    February 11, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. xray vision

    Mr.bush took your guns already, and when they want to,, they will come for them.

    February 11, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. smith

    @Silence-Mexico,Russia, India, and China all have strict gun laws but way mor murders than the US. The countries you refer to didn`t have much of a problem to begin with.

    February 11, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @PaulG
    "no we just want reasonable gun control"
    Yeah define reasonable, because your version will be quite different than mine.
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    For me reasonable would mean not outlawing guns, enforcing existing laws, increasing penalties for "stupid" (letting a kid get hold of a gun), outlawing extreme weapons that can cause rapid death and injury.

    Now it is your turn: What would you say is reasonable change? Clearly the good-guys-with-guns myth is not working. What change would you suggest?

    February 11, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. rons

    the anti-second amendment people...no repsect for our rights...these people would take all guns away if they could...we would have no way to protect ourselves, and our greatest fear is our govermnent

    February 11, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. rons

    they say they just want background checks expanded,,,,but its more than than that...they want to control magazine size, the much more..that is why americna gun owners are ticked against these 2 radicals..its not just against the nra,,,,its against all gun owners..we have tooo many laws now against gun owners...

    February 11, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Smitty

    I wonder if they will write about the global warming he caused punching holes in the ozone. Mooches

    February 11, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Hooper

    The laughable part to all of this, the number of people that believe they have rights. You may not realize this but your rights were compromised many, many years ago when you were just children. Those rights you speak of, imagined or otherwise are contingent on your ability to comply. Think about it. The one's that stand out, eventually find themselves standing alone unless they have piles and piles of cash to sustain their (so called), rights.

    February 11, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @rons
    the anti-second amendment people...no repsect for our rights...these people would take all guns away if they could...we would have no way to protect ourselves, and our greatest fear is our govermnent
    ----------–
    I hate to make you actually think or "do history" but if you were a gun owner during the presidency of George Washington, you might have been called up to fight on the side of the federal government AGAINST US citizens on US soil who were rebelling with guns against an unfair tax. Still want to be part of the well regulated militia as it was in 1790's?

    For the record I wouldn't to take all guns away. I want to have meaningful discussion but comments like I see here, I realize I may not be talking with reasonable people.

    February 11, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Berdj Joseph Rassam

    Feel sorry for what Giffords and Kelly have been through – but the blatant politicization of this couple and their ordeals, will it ever cease?

    February 11, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy- Who is saying convicted felons should be able to legally buy firearms?
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    You just did, not me. I said nothing of the kind.

    February 11, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. PaulG

    A way to flag someone as a mental health threat stopping point of sale, with a real challenge process. So many of these killers had contact with the mental health system yet nothing was done. Enforce existing law. Enforce existing law. Enforce existing law.
    "outlawing extreme weapons that can cause rapid death and injury"
    No firearm is significantly more deadly than any other, so "outlawing extreme weapons that can cause rapid death and injury" is complete non-sense. Virginia Tech killer used a pair of pistols, one a G19 15rd standard, the other a .22 w/10rd mags, and a boatload (19) mags. Mag changes take no time at all.
    So since we are negotiating, what did you bring to the table beside me giving my firearms and mags of choice?

    February 11, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. smith

    @Rudy-Fair enough, How are conservatives making it easier for ex-cons to obtain firearms legally?

    February 11, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. The REAL Truth...

    @PaulG – No firearm is significantly more deadly than any other..
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    OK. 'nuf said.. end of discussion – if you seriously believe that. Hmm.. .22 short rifle vs 50cal MG ?

    February 11, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    " Felons are not allowed to purchase guns."

    Too bad the loopholes in our gun laws and the background checks and registration systems that the gun-fetishists so vehemently defend allow felons to get guns so easily and secretly, eh? Gosh, I wish there was something we could do about it other than just say it's naughty....hmmmmm....what could that be?

    February 11, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    I am willing to bet that most 2nd Amendment advocates do not understand what "well regulated militia" really means. In the context in which it is used, it means a "well trained and well mannered army". One problem in those days is that the "KIng's Men" would quarter themselves anywhere, in anyone's house, taking anything they wished "in the name of the King."

    February 11, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    @PaulG
    A way to flag someone as a mental health threat stopping point of sale, with a real challenge process. So many of these killers had contact with the mental health system yet nothing was done. Enforce existing law. Enforce existing law. Enforce existing law.
    "outlawing extreme weapons that can cause rapid death and injury"
    No firearm is significantly more deadly than any other, so "outlawing extreme weapons that can cause rapid death and injury" is complete non-sense. Virginia Tech killer used a pair of pistols, one a G19 15rd standard, the other a .22 w/10rd mags, and a boatload (19) mags. Mag changes take no time at all.
    So since we are negotiating, what did you bring to the table beside me giving my firearms and mags of choice?
    --------------
    What I am offering is a middle ground. If you or the NRA will not discuss real change, there are groups that will push to take more guns than I think is reasonable. Australia (1990's) said all automatic and shotguns even. Do you want to wait for that or find the middle ground? Good guys with guns is not doing it – it is a myth.

    February 11, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. PaulG

    @Silence
    What I thought, you offer nothing but demand gun owners continue to give to oblivion, like they did in the UK, one weapon class at a time.

    February 11, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -smith

    @Rudy-Fair enough, How are conservatives making it easier for ex-cons to obtain firearms legally?
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    Ex-cons have attempted to buy weapons legally, Smith. I know you find that hard to believe, but purchases by ex-cons have been attempted. A straw-man purchase is admittedly another matter, but conservatives have refused to support anything like background checks and waiting periods, even when those checks and waiting periods have been shown to reduce gun crime because they say it does nothing without pointing to anything like an independent study to prove their point. To simply say " why bother?" as you are. is an abdication of your moral responsibility to a civil society. If you are comfortable with not trying, fine, but don't subject me and my family to your lack of morality because you are too lazy.

    February 11, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Me

    Rudy NYC

    just asking

    how many get rich schemes can the liberals and leftists concoct?
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    What's wrong with writing a book? It's a living. Conservatives do it all of the time, and sell way more than liberals. How many books have O'Reilly and Hannity written and pushed on the shows on Fox? How many hosts on MSNBC do that? I can only think of one, Chris Matthews, and he always writes about historical topics.
    ____________________
    Yes and you and the gang give them more crap then anyone on these boards, but I guess it is ok when it is one of your own???

    February 11, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    -PaulG

    A way to flag someone as a mental health threat stopping point of sale, with a real challenge process. So many of these killers had contact with the mental health system yet nothing was done. Enforce existing law. Enforce existing law. Enforce existing law.
    "outlawing extreme weapons that can cause rapid death and injury"
    No firearm is significantly more deadly than any other, so "outlawing extreme weapons that can cause rapid death and injury" is complete non-sense. Virginia Tech killer used a pair of pistols, one a G19 15rd standard, the other a .22 w/10rd mags, and a boatload (19) mags. Mag changes take no time at all.
    So since we are negotiating, what did you bring to the table beside me giving my firearms and mags of choice?
    *******************
    Since I shoot as well, let me ask you this: why do you need to hoard weapons? Your needs go beyond self-defense, or hunting, or recreation and lurch into obcession and hoarding. Where is the self-control that the Founders envisioned in a public full of virtuous people? Gone by the wayside and replaced with a mythical interpretation of self defense that masks a level of selfishness that borders on the psychotic. By thr way, be sure to tell your appraisal of the Virgina Tech killer's weapons to my friend whose daughter was murdered by this man. Mary Karen Read deserved better than your crass indifference and selfishness, although I'm sure that means nothing to you.

    February 11, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. PaulG

    @The REAL Truth...
    Who do you know that owns a .50BMG, or the last crime you know of carried out by a .50BMG? .50BMG is not relevant to the conversation. ~70% of firearm murders are perp'd with a handgun (caliber), the .22LR is an effective killing round.

    February 11, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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