Hero of the Week: January 11, Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, and Americans for Responsible Solutions

11 Jan
Heroes of the Week

Heroes of the Week

This week someone who knows something about gun violence weighed in on the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings. Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D – AZ) was shot two years ago in an attack that left six dead. America grieved and raged for a couple of weeks and then got distracted as the NRA staved off any real action in Congress. Since that time, gun violence has only grown worse, with two of the worst attacks in American history (both at schools) occurred amidst a dozen other mass shootings.

Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, went to Sandy Hook to offer their condolences. She also spent time behind closed doors with survivors to share her advice and experience in dealing with the fallout from such a horrifying experience. The couple also put their money where their passion is, launching a new organization to fight for stronger, smarter control of guns in America. The mission of the organization clearly targets elected officials and their timidity in the face of gun lobby money.

Americans for Responsible Solutions will encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership by communicating directly with the constituents that elect them.

Giffords also wrote a passionate op-ed for USA Today which spells out the problem clearly.

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. 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. Rather than conducting a dialogue, they threaten those who divert from their orthodoxy with political extinction.

We can’t be naive 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.

Thank you, Rep. Giffords for expending your political capital on this important issue. Let us hope that your passion, commitment, and personal experience can help keep the dialogue moving forward and begin a real diminishment of the pointless tragedy that is gun violence in our country.

9 Responses to “Hero of the Week: January 11, Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, and Americans for Responsible Solutions”

  1. momshieb January 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    I’m so very encouraged by this action! I signed up and sent money the first day! Now to find some huge corporate sponsors……Starbucks? Ben and Jerry’s? Anyone got any other ideas?

  2. Christine Noble January 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    Notice Rep Giffords is not calling to take away people’s guns. Most of the gun control advocates are not. All we want is intelligent and responsible regulation.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 11, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

      You make a very good point here. Giffords owns a gun and is not calling to take away people’s guns, but she calls for gun control.

      • Marla Moore January 14, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

        Michael, thank you for highlighting these heros,the ugly bullying aspects of the gun lobby in the face of so much tragedy is so depressing to me.. Obama has been completely timid on this issue, do they really think he will do anything beyond an assault rifle ban? For an American manufacturer to care so little about the effects on society of one of their products, and to get away with it so blatantly points to a truly sad condition in this country. Then again, this is really just a screaming example of how industry gets away with murder in so many ways such as with pollution, war. To borrow a phrase from you: would someone please get me my smelling salts?

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 15, 2013 at 6:00 am #

        You know me too well 🙂 I do need my smelling salts. I also think about the gun lobbyists who profit from these deaths. We have a lot of culpable people and organizations.

  3. Didion January 17, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    THANK YOU, Michael, for drawing attention to this. I’m logging on right now to donate. (Michael: you really are the best.)

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 17, 2013 at 6:58 am #

      Thank you for your very kind comments. I’m just grateful for you and for others that are speaking truth to power and working towards social justice.


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