April 8th, 2013
09:29 PM ET
10 years ago

Gabby Giffords still appreciates gun culture

(CNN) - Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was nearly killed more than 2 years ago by a man with a gun. Today, her brain injuries make speaking difficult, and yet she has become an active spokeswoman for new restrictions on guns.

Ironically she has not lost her love of guns. Target practice is still a form of entertainment at her mother's house deep in the Arizona desert. Her husband Mark Kelly uses pots and water bottles as targets, while Giffords watches from the patio with her mother cheering him on.

Watch more of Dana Bash’s interview with Gabby Giffords Tuesday on AC360 – 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET, only on CNN.

Kelly isn't shooting with just any kind of gun – he's using a Glock 9 millimeter handgun, the same kind of gun his wife was shot with.

"But in that case it had a magazine that held 33 rounds," he said. "This, when it's full, holds 17."

The gun is actually Giffords' – Kelly said he gave it to his wife as a gift years ago.

"She's a gun owner," he said. "She's from the West."

Giffords and Kelly argue because of their love of guns, they have more credibility in their fight to expand background checks to private gun sales.

Watch more of Dana Bash’s interview with Gabby Giffords Tuesday on AC360 – 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET, only on CNN.

Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Mark Kelly
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. bassman

    Our media's reporting on gun control is all one sided. No talk of, whether or not, Pres. Obama's proposal's will actually reduce violence. No reporting on home owners with guns actually protecting themselves from intruders. All we get from our media is puppeting the White House talking points.

    April 9, 2013 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  2. Roger

    School children and others should not have to worry about being shot just because gun owners want to enjoy their hobby.

    April 9, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  3. tayllor1234

    She does not keep guns for recreation, she keeps them for protection and that is her right as well as a right for all Americans. We're here, we're gun owners, get used to it.

    April 9, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  4. Jerry

    Are Ms. Giffords and her hubby against OR for firearms?! I guess some people want to have it both ways. One more q, why is she still smooching Obama's rear if she is not necessarily against firearms?

    Some people definitely want to have it both ways.

    Oh well...

    April 9, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  5. Roger

    School children and others should not have to die just because gun owners want to enjoy their hobby.

    April 9, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  6. Marie MD

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with passing background checks. The only caveat is that in a household with guns and a mentally ill person is still dangerous. Just ask lanza's mother who thought that spending quality time with his son (have you seen his picture?) would bring them together and "help" him.
    This is the least intrusive law of anything the nra was for and is now against but anything to sell more guns and make more money. So what if people die as long as it's not one of them or a family member.

    April 9, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  7. Roger

    She did endure a nasty head injury.

    April 9, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  8. soxfaninatl

    Of course it wasn't the gun. It was the nut job with the gun. With that said it does sound hypocritical the rich and powerful want to disarm the average american all the while they keep their guns or their armed security details. No, Mr. Average-American you don't get to defend yourself you get to call on police our overworked underpaid public servants. I applaud her for not blaming the gun but she and her husband are hypocrites who buy guns and then when caught claim it was for an illustration of how easy it is to buy guns. It should be easy for a law abiding citizen with no history of mental illness. For goodness sake your an astronaut. I mean you have to meet all the government mental and physical standards.

    April 9, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  9. acdcguy

    "This, when it's full, holds 17."......isn't that "high capacity mag"?? Isn't that what they are trying to ban?? Hypocrites......ok for them but not us ....

    April 9, 2013 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  10. libacrite

    These two are the last people who should be armed. She has a brain injury and according to Obamacare she's classified and mentally ill. Mr. Gabby (a vet) lied on a federal form to purchase a weapon and lets not forget that old Feinstein has said that all vets are mentally ill and the government should prevent them from having weapons.

    April 9, 2013 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  11. yeah

    there is nothing wrong with guns,as long as they dont get into the hands of an idiot....yes,there is no shortage of them....

    April 9, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  12. king

    i still don't understand some people way of thinking, why every thing have a conspiracy theory with these repubs. come on folks, everything is not a conspiracy. stop drinking the fox cool aid and have a common sense gun control law.

    April 9, 2013 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  13. Name lynn

    Gabby i am glad you still happy gun controll, because all these people during is nothing anyway. No one can stop the people from buying guns off the street, nor can people stop the people from getting the guns.

    April 9, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  14. Milagros

    These people need to fade away into the background. They get way too much attention.

    April 9, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  15. Jack

    All that we, non NRA gun owner are asking for is close the loophole in the private gun sales and strictly enforce background checks.

    LePee is defending a small group of fanatical gun owners that border on the mentally incompetent.

    Why do they need to buy 5,000 to 10,000 rounds of ammunition to store up? It's this small group that need their heads examined.

    Then we need to overhaul the mental health system. And quit kicking that bucket down the road!

    And just maybe both parties take the all the PAC money and spend it on that reform.

    April 9, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  16. canofpencils

    Shes no more important than anyone else nor is her husband

    April 9, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  17. Dave

    Gabby understands a guns true purpose in life...to take a projectile (a bullet) and throws it downrange. That bullet may be putting food on the table as in the form of a rabbit or a deer. It may be protecting the lives of your livestock as in killing a fox or coyote. It may be hitting a bottle or can or bullseye target for recreation. It may be just as a deterrent to keep home invaders away. But Gabby understands that it is not the gun, but rather the shooter, that decides what the guns purpose will be today.

    April 9, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  18. BeenThereDoneThat

    "Giffords and Kelly argue because of their love of guns, they have more credibility in their fight to expand background checks to private gun sales."

    I'd have to agree. They both are high profile "opponent's" of the NRA money machine's drive to prevent change to any law's restricting, or interfering with purchase of firearms. Being gun owners themselves, lends weight to their argument.

    April 9, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  19. 4real

    Sorry, no credibility just hyprocisy. They are exploiting their positions to push for gun control that is filled with lies and false information. The truth, we have background checks, we do not want or need "Universal" background checks or record keeping of gun ownership by the government. Our system is fine, just enforce what we have. Even the push Feinstien was making is said to not have prevented Gabby's shooting or the Aurora shootings or the Sandy Hook shootings. Criminals DON'T care about gun laws. Quit handcuffing the law-abiding.

    April 9, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  20. brian in DC

    So she's a hypocrite, no surprise there.

    April 9, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  21. glk20c

    Guns aren't really about "guns" but about the human civil liberty to defend our lives and those of our family from potential government, political, or criminal tyranny.

    April 9, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  22. josh

    You can't say you have more credibility because of your love of guns when your husband got caught buying guns, and instead of just dealing with it he made some stupid excuse about how he was testing the system. You're hypocrites looking for liberal votes and your pursuit of infringement is the exact reason the gadsden flag was created... back off and let us protect ourselves how we want. We shouldn't interfere with darwin's theory or god's work...

    April 9, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  23. Pablo

    I'm sorry. I see some hypocrisy here. There was a movement to limit clips on pistols to 8 instead of 16. I thought that proposal passed into law a few years ago but must have temporary. I'm surprised that the
    Giffords think they are doing society a favor for limiting their own clips to 16 instead of 33. Wow, what a sacrifice. I think citizens should be armed for protection and practice as necessary, but the love affairs with guns bother me. I think many other activities are better suited for entertainment.

    April 9, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  24. Zenger Folkman

    "Ironically she has not lost her love of guns" Ironic perhaps to the reporter, but not to anyone who understands nuance. It is not conflicting at all to support strong regulations on guns and to own a gun for shooting sports. I don't own guns, nor do I participate in shooting sports, and I am BIG supporter of tougher gun laws. In fact, personally I wouldn't have a problem with an outright ban. But as long as we have to have guns in the US, reasonable regulation is not just understandable, it is necessary.

    April 9, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  25. Jimmy270

    Actually your Glock 17 can use that same 33 round magazine...and 17 rounds is more than 10 which makes your pistol, with more than 10 rounds, and a detachable magazine...AN ASSAULT WEAPON by your standards.

    April 9, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
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