Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly have launched an advocacy group for gun violence prevention.
Americans for Responsible Solutions aims to “raise the funds necessary to balance the influence of the gun lobby,” the couple writes in a USA Today op-ed. “Until now, the gun lobby’s political contributions, advertising and lobbying have dwarfed spending from anti-gun violence groups. No longer,” they write.
As gun-owners, they argue that in the wake of multiple mass shootings common-sense reform is needed.
“Weapons designed for the battlefield have a home in our streets,” they write. “Criminals and the mentally ill can easily purchase guns by avoiding background checks. Firearm accessories designed for killing at a high rate are legal and widely available. And gun owners are less responsible for the misuse of their weapons than they are for their automobiles.”