Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is on a week-long tour with her husband to build support for enhanced background checks for gun purchases. They are touring seven different states during the week, specifically aimed where Senators voted no in April to a background check provision that would have made background checks needed for gun sales at trade shows and over the internet.
The “Rights and Responsibilities” tour is being sponsored by the group Americans for Responsible Solutions, which the couple formed to help reduce gun violence after the Newtown elementary school shooting. You may remember that in 2011 Giffords was horribly wounded when shot in her hometown, in what was thought to be an assassination attempt. Giffords and her husband are both proponents of the Second Amendment and gun owners themselves. At her first stop in Las Vegas, the former Congresswoman went to a gun range and shot for the first time since she was brutally attacked.
Many might find Giffords an unlikely advocate for gun rights after the injuries she sustained because of them. However, while she believes in the right to bear arms, she also believes in stronger gun laws. She made the following statement about her stance on guns;
“We can’t stop every person who is determined to do harm, but common-sense measures can prevent tragedies. Expanding background checks will help create a uniform standard for all gun purchases and prevent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from obtaining powerful weapons.”
Many Americans do support the idea of expanding background checks, but the strength of the gun lobby is still too strong. This was proven when the measure was defeated in April that would have made purchasing a gun without a proper background checks illegal.