On Tuesday, January 29th, The Common Good hosted a special luncheon event with astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords who was seriously wounded in a gun attack two years ago in Arizona.
Mark discussed gun safety and gun violence, and the couple’s new effort, Americans for Responsible Solutions, which seeks to “prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership.”
The following day Mark and Gabby testified at a senate hearing on Capitol Hill:
12:15pm – 1:45pmNYC Location will be emailed to ticket-holders.
About “Americans for Responsible Solutions”
On January 8th, 2013, Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly announced the formation of Americans for Responsible Solutions, on the second anniversary of Gabby’s near-fatal wounding at the hands of a gunman who was using a semiautomatic handgun with an extended ammunition clip. —Here is an excerpt of that Op-Ed, with a link to the rest of it.
Giffords and Kelly: Fighting gun violence
USA Today, by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, (January 8, 2013)
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.
I was shot in the head while meeting with constituents two years ago today. Since then, my extensive rehabilitation has brought excitement and gratitude to our family. But time and time again, our joy has been diminished by new, all too familiar images of death on television: the breaking news alert, stunned witnesses blinking away tears over unspeakable carnage, another community in mourning. 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. Gun violence kills more than 30,000 Americans annually.
“Our new campaign will launch a national dialogue and raise funds to counter influence of the gun lobby”
This country is known for using its determination and ingenuity to solve problems, big and small. Wise policy has conquered disease, protected us from dangerous products and substances, and made transportation safer. But when it comes to protecting our communities from gun violence, we’re not even trying — and for the worst of reasons. [MORE]