On the second anniversary of the Tucson, Ariz. shooting that killed six people and left former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically injured, Giffords and her husband have launched an initiative to raise money for gun-control efforts.
In an interview on ABC, Giffords and Mark Kelly discussed the op-ed they published in USA Today introducing the Americans for Responsible Solutions initiative.
“Achieving reforms to reduce gun violence and prevent mass shootings will mean matching gun lobbyists in their reach and resources,” they wrote in the column.
They said that it will “raise funds necessary to balance the influence of the gun lobby.”
This initiative comes as Kelly and Gifford have decided that they will be a prominent voice in gun-control efforts. The Giffords has been vocal about gun violence, especially in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. massacre. Giffords and Kelly visited Newtown last week and Gabby has also met with staunch gun-control advocate New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss gun-control.
There have been 11 mass shootings since Giffords’ Tucson shooting in 2011.
“In response to a horrific series of shootings that has sown terror in our communities, victimized tens of thousands of Americans, and left one of its own bleeding and near death in a Tucson parking lot, Congress has done something quite extraordinary – nothing at all,” Giffords and Kelly wrote in the op-ed.
In the video, the couple spoke with Good Morning America about her emotional visit to Newtown.
Kelly described a meeting with a father of a Connecticut victim in which he “just about lost it” after the parent showed him a picture of his child.
Check out the video below:
SOURCE: ABC News