Firing Back, Giffords counters the NRA

January 9, 2013
By Allie Gregory | 3 comments

We all remember the tragic shooting of Gabby Giffords, her staff, and neighbors in Tuscon two years ago, almost to the the day. After fighting for her life, she survived. And after surviving, she continued to receive treatment and show tremendous strength to regain her life. Giffords' traumatic shooting finally put a huge spotlight on gun violence in America. Yet no legislation followed.

Pictured above in Newtown, CT, Giffords and Kelly meet with families of Sandy Hook victims.

In the last six months, high profile shootings have left many American’s speechless and mouthing the word: “Why?” Today James Holmes awaits trial for open firing on a midnight movie showing in Colorado and the families of Sandy Hook victims still grapple with the deaths of 20 elementary students and six educators.

Despite all of this, Congress has done nothing to prevent gun violence.

In the wake of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Giffords and husband, Mark Kelly, have launched a campaign to re-open dialogue and fight gun violence. American’s for Responsible Solutions hopes to raise funds in order to counter the influence of the gun lobby.

After all the horrible wounds and life lost, Giffords and Kelly are calling for “no more fear.” They stand openly against the NRA and push Congress to address gun safety. For Giffords, the issue could not be more personal, she has courageously opened her life and struggles to the American people in hopes that gun violence will end. One cannot look at Giffords and Kelly’s story without being inspired.

The National Rifle Association can no longer supersede efforts to put gun safety laws on the agenda. This is not the first mass shooting and it will not be the last. Add your name here to stand with Gabby, and tell Congress now is the time to act. 



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She said that "Gun violence kills more than 30,000 Americans annually" How many of those deaths are caused by rifles? How many of those deaths are caused by shooters with serious mental illness? How many of those deaths are caused by criminals with illegally obtained guns? We need to get out priorities straight. as we address the causes of gun violence.

James James Richard Tyrer

One of the most powerful episodic memories of my life was the assassination of JFK. I was an adolescent and could not understand how this vibrant President with a wife and 2 young children could be taken from us. All the dreams were dashed in a brief moment. My life was forever altered because the dream died on that day. In the decades since that event, I have been witness to how desensitized we have become to violence in any form. Violence has become a fabric of our culture and my heart aches. I have images in my head of the student protest at Kent State and of the assasinations of Martin Luther King and RFK - images of the Vietnam War, the attempted assasinations of Gerry Ford and Ronald Reagan. Then add Columbine to the tapestry and I asked when is this going to stop and does anybody else feel the pain of this. The shooting of Congresswoman Giffords, a young 9 year old who had the potential to change the world - stopped me in my tracks and I said No More! I have friends who have guns, who like to target shoot, and who live in areas where they don't feel safe. I get that. I am not asking that we take firearms away from people who are safe & responsible gun owners. I believe the only reason to have an assault weapon and a magazine clip is to kill people and to kill them quickly. But guns are not the only issue here. We have a fractured mental health system that was seriously disassembled when we eliminated community mental health centers and did not provide parity in our support of mental health programs. We also continue to have a culture of stigmatization about mental health issues. Those stigmas are continually affirmed with language that is shaming and uses words I.e Crazy, nutcases, lunatics, etc. We have lost civility, compassion, caring, tolerance, respect, decency and unconditional positive regard for all humans. It hurts my soul and leaves me feeling powerless. The tragedy at Shady Hook was inconceivable and there was no way to reconcile any of it. If we are not truly awakened by this tragedy and the escalation of violent acts, then I am very afraid. I cannot sit back and feel powerless with all this. I have to do something and I think supporting the work that Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly are starting is a good step. I am in this for the long haul and for the rest of my life, I am committed to paying it forward! Sharon Nichols

Sharon Nichols

Please do something now to stop the legal use of auto and simi automatic weapons

Diane Peterson
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