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Giffords visits shooting site, urges background checks



Published: Thu, March 7, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz.

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the scene of the horrific shooting that wounded her and killed six people two years ago, urging senators Wednesday to pass background checks for gun purchases in her first public event at the site since the rampage.

Giffords, who still is recovering from her injuries, spoke fewer than 20 words in the parking lot of the Safeway grocery store in her hometown of Tucson in a brief but emotional call for stricter gun-control measures.

“Be bold. Be courageous,” Giffords said. “Please support background checks.”

At one point, Giffords pumped her fist in the air and grinned.

Other survivors joined Giffords at the news conference, along with her husband, Mark Kelly. Giffords and Kelly have returned to the Safeway previously to visit the memorial, but Wednesday marked their first public event at the store since the shooting. Deputy sheriffs were there to provide security.

A gun-control group started by Giffords and Kelly began airing a new television ad in Arizona and Iowa on Tuesday urging Congress to take action. Giffords and Kelly support extending background checks to gun shows and Internet purchases.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up tougher firearm regulations today. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who sits on the committee, has criticized universal background checks.

“This discussion is not really about the Second Amendment,” Kelly said. “It’s about public safety and keeping guns out of the hands of the dangerously mentally ill.”


Comments

1dmacker(317 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

I find it sad that that the ban the gun crowd is parading Mrs. Giffords around the country in a shameless attempt to garner emotional support for universal background checks.
"Be bold. Be courageous." She says as she has learned to pump her fist in support of the universal checks to a cheering crowd of sympathetic observers.
Then it's off to the next stop to repeat the same. It's amazing how being shot can suddenly make you an expert on the criminal misuse of firearms. Interestingly, her current call for background checks would not have got her elected to Congress from the pro-gun Tucson, AZ.
Prior to her being shot she had no interest nor support for keeping guns from the hands of the dangerous mentally ill or of improving our mental health services to better identify those who are seriously dangerous even though this is not a new problem.
These knee jerk reactions by those acting on emotion and their own personal agenda is not the way to reduce the criminal misuse of firearms.
My heart goes out to all the victims of gun violence but none of the Administrations current proposals will stop that violence and will only further burden the law abiding public.
Universal background checks is dangerously close to gun registration and confiscation by this or a future administration.
Lets focus our energy on the problem and strictly enforce and prosecute the laws we already have to take guns away from criminal and take criminals who use guns out of our communities. Nothing we do to further burden the law abiding public will stop gun violence.

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