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WASHINGTON, January 8 (RIA Novosti) On the second anniversary of the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona that left her critically injured and six people dead, former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Tuesday launched a high-profile campaign against gun violence in America by taking aim at her former colleagues in Congress.
“In response to a horrific series of shootings that has sown terror in our communities, victimized tens of thousands of Americans, and left one of its own bleeding and near death in a Tucson parking lot, Congress has done something quite extraordinary — nothing at all,” said Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, in a USA Today op-ed published Tuesday.
“Special interests purporting to represent gun owners but really advancing the interests of an ideological fringe have used big money and influence to cow Congress into submission… As a result, we are more vulnerable to gun violence,” they added.
With that, the husband-and-wife team announced their new Americans for Responsible Solutions initiative, which aims to raise enough money to balance the influence of the powerful pro-gun lobbying group the National Rifle Association (NRA) and others in the gun industry.
The announcement comes just days after Giffords and Kelly had an emotional meeting with family members of those killed in the December shooting massacre that claimed the lives of 20 young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
“We can't just hope that the last shooting tragedy will prevent the next,” they said. “Achieving reforms to reduce gun violence and prevent mass shootings will mean matching gun lobbyists in their reach and resources.”
The couple is pushing for comprehensive background checks for anyone purchasing private firearms, and more effective treatment for those who are mentally ill.
"I bought a gun at Walmart recently and I went through a background check. It's not a difficult thing to do," Kelly said in an interview with ABC News. "Why can't we just do that and make it more difficult for criminals and the mentally ill to get guns?"
The man who shot Giffords was deemed incompetent to stand trial and was sentenced in November to seven life terms plus 140 years in prison without parole.
"America has seen an astounding 11 mass shootings since a madman used a semiautomatic pistol with an extended ammunition clip to shoot me and kill six others," Giffords wrote.
"This country is known for using its determination and ingenuity to solve problems, big and small... But when it comes to protecting our communities from gun violence, we're not even trying — and for the worst of reasons."
The new initiative launches as the national debate over gun control heats up with a series of White House meetings this week on how best to curb gun violence in America.
The administration has invited gun owners, victims’ groups, educators, mental health experts and those in the video-game industry for high-level discussions on possible changes in policy.
A task force on gun control led by Vice President Joe Biden is set to submit recommendations to President Barack Obama by the end of the month.
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- bielecBlack-ops, psych-ops, and government cover-ups01:48, 09/01/2013The whole issue of disarming the society is slowly creeping in, conveniently supported by repeated and well timed incidents of gun violence. As a result, the gun control agenda gains momentum. It's not going to make the people safer, quite the opposite.
The criminals will still be able to get unregistered guns but law obiding citizens will lose the means to defend themselves from the criminals, greedy bankers, greedy corporations, as well as from the governments and law enforcement agencies that protect these crooks.
As the deliberately orchestrated collapse of American economy is slowly approaching, the government is preparing for a confrontation with "the people". The elites support these efforts because they, too, are afraid of angry crowds that may soon come after them.
Many people have lost their savings, houses, pensions, social security benefits, and health benefits for which they had worked all their lives and which were stolen from them by the Wall Street criminals. Many people have lost their jobs which were off-shored to maximize the profits of the investors. Many people across the country are frustrated and extremely angry.
Please don't believe these reports. A certain ethnic minority, which traditionally serves the elites and power houses, is at it, again. Read about these events with scepticism, use logic and critical thinking skills. People just don't go shooting children and police chiefs usually don't threaten witnesses with prosecution for publishing what they had seen on social media.
This sure looks like a well coordinated and well timed chain of events.
- bielecBare truth02:14, 09/01/2013Following the lack of government regulations, the price gouging by corporations is destroying Western societies. All protection mechanisms have been disolved and removed by corrupted politicians owned by big business.
The prices of food, rent, insurance, gasoline and nearly all necessities are constantly increasing. More and more ordinary people can no longer support themselves and their families. As the cost of living is skyrocketing, standard of living of many American families is diving below poverty lines. The American dream is over, literally.
The media, also owned by the elites, have turned into pure propaganda tools.
People are waking up from their slumber. The elites and the governments are scared. Instead of protecting the prople, they prapare for confrontation.
- ShirtyWonky logic16:14, 09/01/2013So bielec, according to your logic this woman, Gabrielle Giffords, gets someone to shoot and cripple her, ruining her life, just so she can push an anti-gun conspiracy agenda ... Duh!
- bielecTo shirty13:40, 10/01/2013You completely missed the big picture. Of course, Gabrielle Giffords did not organize the shoothing in which she was injured. And we don't know how seriously and if at all she was injured.
On the other hand, this is exactly how the black-ops, false-flag ops, and psych-ops work. They provide a catalizing event to triger public support and to justify drastic measures taken by the government.
We have witnessed the total defeat of western Ukraine, Western nationalists and the West in general, which made the unfortunate decision to support the anti-government activity. They failed to realize that the collapse of Yanukovych means the collapse of Ukrainian unity. They set fire to their own home and planted a time bomb under Ukraine’s territorial integrity.