Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly publicized their most recent venture last week: the push to add and toughen existing gun control in Arizona with a new campaign called the Arizona Coalition for Common Sense.
Other efforts by the pair to rally for gun control include Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), which battles against national reciprocity for law-abiding citizens. Giffords and Kelly are also fighting against deregulation of firearm suppressors, claiming that the devices do not reduce noise enough to protect hearing but, ironically that they do suppress noise enough to avoid police detection.
Giffords made a statement when she announced the launch of the Arizona Coalition for Common Sense.
“Stopping gun violence takes courage – the courage to do what’s right, the courage of new ideas,” Giffords said. “I’ve seen great courage when my life was on the line. Now is the time to come together – to be responsible! Democrats, Republicans – everyone.”
Efforts in Arizona include expanding background checks, as they explain it, in order to close loopholes in gun laws that let felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill buy guns without a background check.
On January 8, 2011, Gabby Giffords was shot by a man who passed a background check to acquire the gun he used to shoot her. The efforts by Giffords and Kelly would only require every Arizonan to pass the same background check that Giffords’ attacker passed, only solidifying the fact that background checks do not stop criminals.