Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly have launched a new campaign to push for laws that promote responsible gun ownership and reduce gun violence.
The announcement comes on the second anniversary of a mass-shooting in Tucson, Ariz. that left Giffords and twelve others wounded and six people dead. Giffords and Kelly said they have created a new political action committee and web site called "Americans for Responsible Solutions, " to counter the powerful influence of the gun lobby.
"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," Giffords and Kelly wrote in a USA TODAY op-ed. "Rather than working to find the balance between our rights and the regulation of a dangerous product, these groups have cast simple protections for our communities as existential threats to individual liberties."
As both gun owners and victims of gun violence, Giffords and Kelly bring a unique voice to the gun control debate. They have not yet proposed any specific policies.
"Forget the boogeyman of big, bad government coming to dispossess you of your firearms," Giffords and Kelly wrote. "As a Western woman and a Persian Gulf War combat veteran who have exercised our Second Amendment rights, we don't want to take away your guns any more than we want to give up the two guns we have locked in a safe at home."
Via USA TODAY