On the second anniversary of her horrific shooting, and a short month after the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, Gabby and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, have announced that they are starting a political action committee to urge Congress for gun control reform. Read on for all the details and to see her interview.
Two years after former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in the head by gunman Jared Lee Loughner, she sat down for an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, during which she and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, announced that they’ve grown fed up with Congress’ lack of urgency for gun control reform, and are forming a political action committee to urge for the changes they find necessary.
On Jan. 8, Gabby and Mark spoke with Diane and announced that they were forming Americans For Responsible Solutions, a common-sense consensus led by gun owners. (Gabby and Mark both own guns.) Their hope is to drive Congress to action on issues of mental health, high-capacity gun magazines, and background checks when it comes to the process of gaining possession of a gun.
When Diane says that the NRA will only rebut that people can find guns illegally, regardless of regulations, Mark replied, “I don’t agree with that. The gun lobby even opposes a gun purchaser being checked against the terrorist watch list. I mean, doesn’t that seem like a common sense thing to do?”
The Happiest & Hardest Parts Of Gabby Giffords’ Life, Currently
Diane asked the couple what the happiest part of lives was at this moment? “Family,” Gabby replied. When asked about the hardest part, Gabby struggled to articulate it, but it was the fact that her injury has affected her sight, making it difficult to see on her right side.
She and her husband admit that the next hurdle they hope to cross is the ability for the two of them to have a quick back-and-forth conversation. At this point in Gabby’s recovery, there is still difficulty in turning thought into speech.
Gabby’s recovery has been nothing short of heroic, and we hope she and Mark are successful with their campaign in Congress.
Watch Gabby and Mark’s full interview below!
— Billy Nilles
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