Giffords and Kelly touring to revive background checks
June 25th, 2013
10:01 AM ET
10 months ago

Giffords and Kelly touring to revive background checks

(CNN) – Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly are hitting the road to try bolstering support for extending background checks on gun sales, a prospect that failed earlier this year but that gun control supporters have vowed to continue pursuing.

The week-long "Rights and Responsibilities Tour," which begins July 1, will "rally supporters and remind elected officials that our cherished Second Amendment rights demand great responsibility," according to a press release from Kelly and Giffords' gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions.
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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control
Giffords to graduates: 'Be bold'
May 25th, 2013
06:11 PM ET
11 months ago

Giffords to graduates: 'Be bold'

(CNN) - Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' advice to college graduates on Saturday was the same she offered senators earlier this year as they prepared to consider gun-related legislation.

"Be bold. Be courageous," she advised graduates of Bard College in New York, repeating the words of her brief January testimony before the Judiciary Committee. "Be your best."
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Obama to name Giffords to Fulbright board
May 16th, 2013
07:52 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama to name Giffords to Fulbright board

(CNN) – President Barack Obama plans to appoint former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to the board of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship program, the White House announced Thursday.

Giffords, who resigned from Congress after being wounded in a 2011 mass shooting, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1996.
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$1 million raised after gun vote by Giffords' group
May 6th, 2013
03:08 PM ET
12 months ago

$1 million raised after gun vote by Giffords' group

Washington (CNN) – The group founded by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly raised one million dollars since the defeat of a measure in the Senate expanding background checks two and a half weeks ago, according to Jennifer Bluestein, a spokeswoman for the group.

Giffords, wounded in a Tucson, Arizona shooting in January of 2011, campaigned hard for expanding the checks for purchases at gun shows and online. She has sent several e-mail solicitations since the Senate defeat.
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Giffords on senators: 'Shame on them'
April 17th, 2013
10:03 PM ET
1 year ago

Giffords on senators: 'Shame on them'

(CNN) – Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords lambasted the 46 senators who voted against an ill-fated bipartisan proposal to expand background checks on firearms sales and vowed to continue her fight for tougher gun laws.

"Speaking is physically difficult for me," Giffords wrote in a New York Times opinion piece published online after the Senate rejected the compromise on Wednesday. "But my feelings are clear: I'm furious. I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done."
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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control • Gun rights • Senate
On Capitol Hill, Giffords, Kelly express optimism over gun bill
April 16th, 2013
02:12 PM ET
1 year ago

On Capitol Hill, Giffords, Kelly express optimism over gun bill

Washington (CNN) - As proponents of gun control legislation in the Senate struggle to get enough votes for their bill, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, say they feel "optimistic" that the bipartisan compromise will get enough approval.

And Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia indicated the bill could potentially be tweaked to convince opponents to join their side, while Vice President Joe Biden said advocates are "working" to get the 60 votes needed to pass.
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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.
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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun rights
April 11th, 2013
10:10 AM ET
1 year ago

A pop, a flash and a life forever changed: Giffords' comeback and gun debate

Tucson, Arizona (CNN) – Gabby Giffords remembers facing her assailant at his sentencing.

"Beady eyes," she said of Jared Loughner, who shot the former Arizona congresswoman in the head with a 9mm Glock pistol. Six people died and 13 were injured that day when the deranged gunman opened fire in front of a Tucson supermarket.

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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control • Gun rights
Gabby Giffords coming to Washington next week
April 10th, 2013
08:37 PM ET
1 year ago

Gabby Giffords coming to Washington next week

Washington (CNN) – Gabby Giffords is planning to come to Washington, D.C., next week, just as the Senate will be immersed in debate over new gun legislation, which she has been lobbying senators to support.

Giffords, who plans to travel with husband Mark Kelly, will attend an unveiling of a bust of Gabe Zimmerman, one of her former aides who was killed along with 5 others the day she was shot in 2011.
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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control
April 9th, 2013
09:24 PM ET
1 year ago

'Yes, it's tough': For Gabby Giffords, a wounded life has a new purpose

Tucson, Arizona (CNN) - Gabby Giffords will never be the same after being shot through the head little more than two years ago.

Yet one thing hasn't changed, ironically, is her appreciation for guns.

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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun rights
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