Gabrielle Giffords Is Furious

18 April 2013 |permalink | email article

It is not hard to understand why, writing in The New York Times. the former Congresswoman from Arizona is on fire. Some of the senators who voted against the background-check have met with grieving parents whose children were murdered at Sandy Hook, in Newtown. Some of the senators who voted no have have also looked into my eyes as I talked about being shot in the head at point-blank range in suburban Tucson two years ago, and expressed sympathy or the other 18 people shot besides me, six of whom died. These senators have heard from their constituents—who polls showed overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks. And still these senators decided to do nothing.

I watch TV and read the newspapers like everyone else. I was elected six times to represent southern Arizona, in the State Legislature and then in Congress. I know what it feels like to tough a tough vote . This vote was neither. These senators made their decision based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association. Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious. I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done, and until we have changed our laws so we can look parents in the face and say: We are trying to keep your children safe. We cannot allow the status quo—desperately protected by the gun lobby so they can make more money by spreading fear and misrepresentation—to go on.

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