Gabby Giffords' group announces 2014 election strategy
June 4th, 2014
10:39 AM ET
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Gabby Giffords' group announces 2014 election strategy

Washington (CNN) – The group founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly to help push for changes in gun laws will continue trying to counter the efforts of the powerful National Rifle Association this election year.

Group officials announced they will focus on seven key Senate races and four House re-election contests that are expected to be close.

Americans for Responsible Solutions' political action committee will back Democratic Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota, Mark Udall of Colorado, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Kay Hagan of North Carolina, who are some of the most endangered incumbents.

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Aiming to spend as much as $20 million, the group also will weigh in for Democratic House Reps. Michael Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire and Ron Barber of Arizona. Barber has a special meaning for Giffords because he used to work in her congressional office and was also wounded in the 2011 Tucson shooting that gravely wounded Giffords.

The organization will help support at least one Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who supported the bill to expand background checks at gun shows in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. But the measure fell short of the votes needed to advance in the Senate.

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Giffords and Kelly are still calling for expanded background checks as the group urges candidates to adopt a position to prevent gun violence.

"For more than two decades, the political wisdom has been that candidates can't talk about responsible gun ownership and win. But times have changed, and one thing we learned in Virginia and believe is true across the country is that leaders who support responsible gun ownership policies can and should effectively talk about the issue," Pia Carusone, the senior adviser for the group, said in a statement.

The organization put in $600,000 last year in Virginia, where Democrat Terry McAuliffe captured the governorship.


Filed under: 2014 • Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control • Gun rights • Mark Kelly
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    USA needs strong gun ban laws. Period. Don't NRA idiots play tricks with their money, profit. Good lucks.

    June 4, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Silence DoGood

    Groups for responsible gun laws (not the mythology of taking away all the guns) need to be speak out and be more active. This is the only way to counter the NRA gun manufacturers lobby. The NRA primarily is the gun manufacturers. Why do you think gun ads, gun sales, and NRA chatter peak right after a gun tragedy?

    the good-guys-with-guns myth has failed to work out. Time for a different approach.

    June 4, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Turdgyl

    Gurgyl - USA needs strong gun ban laws. Period.
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    The Second Amendment. It is LAW. Stop nonsense loser. Get it? It is LAW.

    June 4, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. just asking

    i wonder why the irs has targetted this group? oh yeah. it is a democrat group.

    June 4, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. rs

    The Giffords are of course correct. The simplest means to this end is to hold the GOP's feet to the fire. If the GOP can be so deeply outraged over the deaths of 4 Americans in a civil war halfway around the globe, why can't they muster even some sympathy for the deaths of 26 first graders ad teachers-never mind craft a simple law to demand background checks to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally unstable, and to ban paramilitary weapons?

    Here's the hint- the GOP gets PAID by the NRA, they don't see citizens as people they have to work for.

    June 4, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    This is where the truly hilarious seriously uneducated comments come into play. Carry on gun huggers. I need my morning laugh....

    June 4, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @Turdgyl
    Gurgyl – USA needs strong gun ban laws. Period.
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    The Second Amendment. It is LAW. Stop nonsense loser. Get it? It is LAW.
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    I think you need to read a little history on what your responsibility are in the well regulated militia? They were on call for foreign and domestic federal policing. I don't know when this was twisted into some guys shootin' beer cans off the fence.

    June 4, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Democrats must REPEAL 2nd Amendment

    Gurgyl is right. Guns need to be banned and confiscated in the USA. The Democrat Party should come out front and center and make it a central part of their party platform. It is time to be honest about where we want to take the country. The Second Amendment is so 18th century. Only the government needs to have guns.

    June 4, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    -yes, THAT second Amendment is a constitutional can be amended. It is done by humans. Not extra terrestrial work, Moran. Any thing can be done. Millions get get killed with Guns. Don't bs with argument of NRA idiocy. Good luck.

    June 4, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. danicalifornia

    How does one determine if a person has a mental illness?. Aren't his/her medical records confidential? Yes, background checks for those who have a criminal history, but everyone has the right to gun ownership. I understand how Gabby Giffords/Mark Kelly feel, but I don't want to see any infringement on the 2nd amendment. BTW, if a criminal wants a gun, he will get a gun.

    June 4, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    rs

    The Giffords are of course correct. The simplest means to this end is to hold the GOP's feet to the fire. If the GOP can be so deeply outraged over the deaths of 4 Americans in a civil war halfway around the globe, why can't they muster even some sympathy for the deaths of 26 first graders ad teachers-never mind craft a simple law to demand background checks to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally unstable, and to ban paramilitary weapons?

    Here's the hint- the GOP gets PAID by the NRA, they don't see citizens as people they have to work for.
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    [co-sign]

    Good call. They are more outraged over the deaths in Benghazi than Newtown. But, wouldn't going around and stumping on that point be stooping to their level and politicizing the deaths of the school children?

    June 4, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @Democrats must REPEAL 2nd Amendment
    Gurgyl is right. Guns need to be banned and confiscated in the USA. The Democrat Party should come out front and center and make it a central part of their party platform. It is time to be honest about where we want to take the country. The Second Amendment is so 18th century. Only the government needs to have guns.
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    Thanks for the mythology. Read about groups like the one in the article. Only a tiny percent of people want guns "taken away". That is a tired NRA conspiracy theory. How many laws have been enacted by the president to "take away da guns"? Zero.

    Speaking of the 18th century you might want to read up on how George Washington used the "well regulated militia". They were used as federal police domestically during the Whiskey Rebellion. The 2nd amendment is not to allow a bunch of good ol boys to shoot beer cans or for a minority of bunker folk to overthrow the government.

    June 4, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. sonny chapman

    I'm a Lifelong Hunter who SUPPORTS Common Sense Gun Restrictions. I can't hunt ducks w/a shotgun holding more than 3 shells. I can live w/that. Why can't Assault Weapon Enthusiasts live w/a 10 Round Clip ? It's not asking for much & shows consideration for Non-Gun Owners RIGHTS.

    June 4, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |