Gabrielle Giffords launches anti-gun violence website

Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Congressman Ron Barber (not pictured) leave the Pima...

Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Congressman Ron Barber (not pictured) leave the Pima County Recorder's office after casting their ballots in downtown Tucson, Arizona November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Samantha Sais

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On the second anniversary of a mass shooting that left her in critical condition and unable to walk or speak for months, former U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords launched an anti-gun website.

"Two years ago, a mentally ill young man shot me in the head, killed six of my constituents and wounded 12 others," Giffords wrote on the website americansforresponsiblesolutions.org. "Since that terrible day, America has seen 11 more mass shootings -- but no response from Congress to prevent gun violence."

The site, launched Tuesday with her husband, Mark Kelly, aims to push elected officials for "solutions" to prevent gun violence and promote "responsible gun ownership."

In a linked editorial, Giffords says she and Kelly don't want to take away citizens' guns "any more than we want to give up the two guns we have locked in a safe at home."

But the money they raise through the website will "balance the influence of the gun lobby," whose political contributions have "dwarfed" spending from anti-gun-violence groups.

The couple on Friday visited families of the victims in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school on Dec. 14.

Giffords was meeting constituents at a Tucson, Ariz., supermarket in January 2011 when she was shot through the head at close range. The six people killed include a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl. The assailant, Jared Loughner, was sentenced in Nov. to life in prison.

 


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