Godspeed to Giffords, Kelly and gun safety
The Kansas City Star
Who better than Gabrielle Giffords to take on the gun lobby?
The former congresswoman survived a shooting at the hands of a man who behaved strangely and frightened people, but nevertheless was able to legally purchase a Glock 19 semiautomatic pistol, a weapon popular among police departments.
Giffords, of all people, knows the folly of our political establishment’s obeisance to the gun industry and its NRA-led lobbyist corps.
On the second anniversary of the shooting in a Tucson, Ariz., parking lot that killed six and wounded Giffords, the former congresswoman and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, announced they were launching a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence.
As a politically savvy couple, they understand what that will entail. “Achieving reforms to reduce gun violence and prevent mass shootings will mean matching gun lobbyists in their reach and resources,” Giffords and Kelly wrote in an op-ed published today by USA Today.
Godspeed. Success would make America a better and safer place. No longer would we have to allow nearly unfettered access to the most deadly of weapons so that our politicians can maintain high grades from the National Rifle Association. We could have sensible gun safety measures without throwing the Second Amendment into the gutter.
Giffords and Kelly are calling their PAC Americans for Responsible Solutions. It will need a great deal of money and momentum to penetrate the NRA’s lock on Congress and state legislatures. They will need to join forces with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others.
But the time is right for a determined effort to break the lock of the gun industry on our national landscape. And Giffords and Kelly are the right people to be in front.