On January 8th, 2011, Gabrielle Giffords was shot point blank in the head during an event at a local grocery store. Six people were killed that day. Two years later, she has recovered, somewhat. She has admitted that speaking is physically difficult for her and she has since become a strong advocate in the fight for responsible gun ownership. This week, surrounded by families from Newtown, CT and Gabby Giffords, the president was visibly angry after the Senate defeated several measures to expand gun control. What was at stake: a bipartisan compromise to expand background checks for gun buyers, a ban on assault weapons and a ban on high-capacity gun magazines all failed to get the 60 votes needed under an agreement between both parties. Senators also turned back Republican proposals to expand permission to carry concealed weapons and to focus law enforcement efforts on prosecuting gun crimes. (via)
The following day, Gabby Giffords wrote an op-ed in The New York Times in which she eloquently displayed her anger toward the Senate. Here is a poignant portion:
Some of the senators who voted against the background-check amendments have met with grieving parents whose children were murdered at Sandy Hook, in Newtown. Some of the senators who voted no have also looked into my eyes as I talked about my experience being shot in the head at point-blank range in suburban Tucson two years ago, and expressed sympathy for the 18 other people shot besides me, 6 of whom died. These senators have heard from their constituents — who polls show overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks. And still these senators decided to do nothing. Shame on them.
The president, in his speech the day before, also noted the shame. “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington, but this effort is not over.”
Take some time and read the entire op-ed Gabby Giffords wrote.
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