Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly launched the anti-gun violence group, Americans for Responsible Solutions. In the wake on the announcement about Giffords’ new organization, gun sales have reportedly spiked. Guns and ammo sales jumped to record levels late last month after President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced plans for new gun control legislation.
During his Tuesday morning show, Fox News host Bill Hemmer noted that gun sales once again increased after the Americans for Responsible Solutions group was launched. Gun rights advocates concerned that specific weapons might be banned or a hefty new tax would be levied on guns and ammunition purchases continued to clear out store shelves around the country.
The former congresswoman is attempting to cash in on her political cache to create a powerful political rival to the National Rifle Association, according to the Washington Post. An assignation attempt on Gabrielle Giffords’ life occurred two years ago in Tucson. Jared Loughner was convicted for the Arizona shooting and sentenced to life in prison, according to The Blaze.
During a USA Today op-ed about gun control and violent crime, Giffords and her husband had this to say:
“We can’t be naïve about what it will take to achieve the most common-sense solutions. We can’t just hope that the last shooting tragedy will prevent the next. Achieving reforms to reduce gun violence and prevent mass shootings will mean matching gun lobbyists in their reach and resources. As gun owners and survivors of gun violence, we have a unique message for Americans.”
Mark Kelly, 48, is a Persian Gulf war veteran and a hunter. Giffords, 42, has reportedly supported gun rights in Congress in the past and owns firearms. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Vice President Joe Biden allegedly promised to present gun control legislation by the end of January.