Ex-congresswoman takes on gun lobby

2013-01-08 22:24

Washington - Former US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a famous survivor of gun violence, launched a major initiative on Tuesday to challenge the nation's powerful gun lobby and press for tougher gun laws.

Giffords, shot in the head in January 2011 while meeting constituents in her native Arizona, unveiled "Americans for Responsible Solutions" after a visit to Newtown, Connecticut where 20 children died in a 14 December mass shooting.

"We can't just hope that the last shooting tragedy will prevent the next," Giffords said, in an op-ed article in the USA Today newspaper co-signed by her astronaut husband Mark Kelly.

"Achieving reforms to reduce gun violence and prevent mass shootings will mean matching gun lobbyists in their reach and resources," she said, referring to the influential National Rifle Association (NRA).

Americans for Responsible Solutions, she added, will "raise the funds necessary to balance the influence of the gun lobby" and support political leaders who support tougher limits on the private ownership of guns.

President Barack Obama has promised swift new measures to address gun violence in the US in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in which six school staff members also died.

The gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, also killed his mother, who owned the Bushmaster military-style rifle he used to cut down the 6- and 7-year-olds before taking his own life in one of the worst mass shootings in US history.

The NRA, with a highly motivated membership and legendary lobbying clout on Capitol Hill, is proposing to pot armed guards in American schools as a means to deter future shootings.

Guns are involved in more than 30 000 deaths in the US, the majority of them suicides, and handguns - rather than rifles or shotguns - figure in most homicides.

  • lefatshe.kapinda - 2013-01-08 23:12

    USA citizen are sufering a juvenile deliquency it's needs an axtra attention

      anakin.skyvader.9 - 2013-01-09 08:39

      What is "SUFERING" and "AXTRA" ?

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2013-01-09 06:26

    The USA needs government control, not gun control!

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2013-01-09 06:31

    Spoons make people fat, cars kill children & adults; never look at the twisted individual, that would be too liberal huh? Guns, like cars etc are inanimate objects, tools; they need humans to become effective - so the problem lies with humans, bottom line. This is all left wing propoganda, a cop out and a knee jerk reaction. Gun control is using both hands!!

      simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-09 07:04

      @Warwick - That's a stupid argument. Unlike cars and spoons guns are specifically designed to kill people. Killing people is against the law, owning guns should also be, simple.

      cosmic.tone.3 - 2013-01-09 08:23

      @simphiwe Tell that to your brothers who rob, rape and murder people. Owning an illigal firearm is against the law

      alexander.lombard - 2013-01-09 08:51

      Gun controll does not mean banning guns. It means making sure only resposible people are allowed to have guns, that they are kept in a save environment, they are not in the presence of the general public when not required to serve a purpose. Also stockpiling whepons should be banned and recreational heavy amunitions should be held outside residential areas.

      alexander.lombard - 2013-01-09 08:58

      It is iresponsible gun owners that can lead to gun violence indirectly. Stolen guns are the main saurce of guns used for criminal activity. The arguments presented to merely say guns are safe does not fly. Why do you want a gun and what do you want to use it for and where do you need to take your gun. Should we allow dads to drop their children at school with automatic rifles. What is apropriate regarding guns. The argument above states cars kill people and spoons are used in prison. We have road rules and there are rules in prison for spoons. Why not rules for Guns - 2013-01-09 09:42

      @new SA glory, please get to know local and international gun laws before shooting your mouth off.... In the USA there has been a ban on full automatic firearms since 1984. All the assault rifles for sale since then are semi automatic (1 trigger pull=1 shot). In SA the only people outside the police and army who have fully automatic firearms are specialized collectors of which there are less than 100 in the entire country. They go through a myriad of checks before qualifying to own a full auto firearm. P.s. most of the firearms in this country are stolen from the police and army. Go figure!

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2013-01-09 08:47

    Leave gun laws to state legislature , you don't mess with the constitution and it localises the level of control .

  • peter.jordaan.5 - 2013-01-09 09:26

    It is a sad day when members of congress and the house of representatives have to be lobbied to pass sensible common sense laws. Where is the moral fibre within the legislators. The USA is on the slippery path to nothingness. It financial markets, are a farce. The biggest ponzi scheme on earth. It too shall collapse. All supported by the same legislators, a sorry state of affairs.

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