Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and husband Mark Kelly announced Tuesday a gun control initiative to, “launch a national dialogue and raise funds to counter influence of the gun lobby.” Writing in an op-ed for USA Today, the couple announced the launch of a new website, Americans for Responsible Solutions, that demands congressional action on the issue.
“Congress has done something extraordinary–nothing at all,” said the former Congresswoman and her husband, who, with Americans for Responsible Solutions, want to engage the public on issues of gun control and create a strong counter lobby to the NRA. “Until now, the gun lobby’s political contributions, advertising and lobbying have dwarfed spending from anti-gun violence groups,” wrote Giffords and Kelly, who criticized fear tactics used by the NRA to misinform the pubic and intimidate lawmakers.
The couple, who met with public officials and families of Newtown victims last week, pointed to the Newtown massacre as evidence that it was time for both the public and their elected officials to take steps to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.
Here’s a report from ABC News, which will air a full interview with Giffords and Kelly later today.