Giffords, Kelly to write another book
February 11th, 2014
11:06 AM ET
7 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."


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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    In order to appeal to the mentality of the base, Cruz came out with a coloring book.

    February 11, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. smith

    Giffords is a trooper I`ll give her that. However, I disagree with her and her hubby on gun control.

    February 11, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Sniffit

    "It has become clear to the Americna people the ONLY way to stop this out of control debt and borrowing is to REMOVE DEMOCRATS FROM OFFICE."

    President Romney approves this message.

    February 11, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Donna

    Really milking this for all it is worth, aren't they?! Looks like they found new careers, getting rich writing anti-gun books the looney lefties will buy.

    February 11, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Steve Ciavarri

    Although I disagree with her gun control proposals, I believe this is truly a courageous women. Now, I wonder if she will contribute any of the proceeds from the sale of her upcoming book to the gun control cause?

    February 11, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    In an e-mail solicitation last week, Kelly said the group [called Americans for Responsible Solutions] 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.

    "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."
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    Nice job, Gabby. Their attacks against you means that they're playing defense. We're gonna nickle and dime them to the end.

    February 11, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. hkirwin

    When will it end???????

    February 11, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Silence DoGood

    "After the shooting, the couple – gun owners themselves – became major advocates for some firearm control measures such as expanding background checks for purchases." We need more reasonable people, to stand up to the all-or-nothing NRA thugs. It is not about taking away all guns. But If the NRA will not negotiate it will get people asking to take all guns. It will be their fault.

    February 11, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    They STILL haven't figured out.......that the problem is really mental illness??????

    How stupid is THAT!

    February 11, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Malory Archer

    Donna

    Really milking this for all it is worth, aren't they?! Looks like they found new careers, getting rich writing anti-gun books the looney lefties will buy.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Careful there donna, or you'll choke on the haterade.

    February 11, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. just asking

    how many get rich schemes can the liberals and leftists concoct?

    global warming scam, oops climate change.
    anti-second amendment attacks, oops gun control
    evil oil crusade, oops climate change

    and then there is the most recent, how to get healthcare and free birth control and force others to pay for it.

    February 11, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @Malory Archer
    Donna

    Really milking this for all it is worth, aren't they?! Looks like they found new careers, getting rich writing anti-gun books the looney lefties will buy.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Careful there donna, or you'll choke on the haterade.
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    I think reasonable people need to stay focused and fight the NRA puppets. Eventually we will join the civilized world.
    "you are loony" – no we just want reasonable gun control
    "you want my guns" – no we just want reasonable gun control
    "lefties commies" – no we just want reasonable gun control
    "evil take over" – no we just want reasonable gun control
    "anti-2nd amendment" – no we just want reasonable gun control
    "get rich scheme" – no we just want reasonable gun control

    February 11, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. it must be said

    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
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    What is their annual salary from this group?

    February 11, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. 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.

    February 11, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Malory Archer

    Rick McDaniel

    They STILL haven't figured out.......that the problem is really mental illness??????

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Nobody wants to address because it would shine a glaring light on the abject failure that is reichwing god raygun's Mental Health Patients Bill of Rights, and heaven knows we aren't allowed to use HIS name in vain.

    February 11, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Malory Archer

    it must be said

    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
    -

    What is their annual salary from this group?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Do you also ask that question of groups with whom you share the same ideology such as americans for prosperity, or is it only of interest to you when it's an "evil librul" group?

    February 11, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Tony D

    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.
    ---–

    This does not look to be true (a majority less than $100). Go look at their contributions online. Many people contribute multiple times (over $100 total) and many others far more than $100. Four contributions alone amounted to $1.25 million.

    February 11, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Conservatives can have some of the oddest principles and values that I have ever seen. They don't want to give an ex-felon a job, a bank loan, or even rent him a place to live. Yet, they're all for making it as easy as possible for the same ex-felon to obtain any sort of pistol orr assualt weapon that he needs, so that he scratch out a violent existence in the dregs of society.

    To make matters even worse, when the same ex-felon tries ti re-enter society, and is forced to obtain public assistance in order survive, conservatives will chastise the ex-felon as a lazy, good-for-nothing taker....declaring that: he should go out and get a job that you won't give him; he should get retrained and educated in programs that you've cut away; he should go to church just as long as you don't come to ours; and the list of absurd hypocrisies in the entire right wing package just continues on and on.

    February 11, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. smith

    There is no solutin to gun violence just like there is no solution to non-gun violence. Violence is part of life, all you can do is accept it.

    February 11, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Tony D

    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.
    -–

    This does not look to be true (a majority less than $100). Go look at their contributions online. Many people contribute multiple times (over $100 total) and many others far more than $100.

    Four contributions alone amounted to $1.25 million.
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    Why isn't it true? Four out of 219,000 does not make a majority. Don't you even know what "majority" means? Or is that four people with $1.25 million actually does constitute a majoriy in conservative circles.?

    February 11, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. smith

    @Rudy- Who is saying convicted felons should be able to legally buy firearms?

    February 11, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. just saying

    Rudy NYC
    Conservatives can have some of the oddest principles and values that I have ever seen. They don't want to give an ex-felon a job, a bank loan, or even rent him a place to live. Yet, they're all for making it as easy as possible for the same ex-felon to obtain any sort of pistol orr assualt weapon that he needs, so that he scratch out a violent existence in the dregs of society.
    -–

    More lies Rudy? Felons are not allowed to purchase guns. But I guess the AG and Obama inJustice Department probably want to restore that right to them when they get out of prison.

    February 11, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. Silence DoGood

    @smith
    There is no solutin to gun violence just like there is no solution to non-gun violence. Violence is part of life, all you can do is accept it.
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    Obvious nonsense. Other countries have come up with a "solutin". We can too. They have even shown us how.

    February 11, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Tony D

    It looks like most of their contributions come from the far left states, especially California and New York. So you have the leftists in the blue states trying to push their anti-secondment rubbish on the rest of the country. Go away Gabby. You are a bought and sold mouthpiece at this point.

    February 11, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Silence DoGood

    @Malory Archer
    it must be said

    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

    What is their annual salary from this group?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Do you also ask that question of groups with whom you share the same ideology such as americans for prosperity, or is it only of interest to you when it's an "evil librul" group?
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    The flexible (non)morality of the Radical Right. Today apparently, for this issue, getting money or getting rich is bad. Probably not even happening but the Radical Right says getting rich is bad.

    February 11, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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