Gabby Giffords’ gun reform group promises midterm action against those who opposed the gun control bill


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Gun policy reform advocacy group founded by and named after former Arizona Democratic congresswoman and gun violence survivor Gabby Giffords pledges to take action in mid-election -This year’s warrant against members of Congress who opposed President Biden’s recently signed gun control legislation.

In an interview this week with Fox News Digital, Giffords chief executive Robin Lloyd praised the widely-backed Democratic-backed legislation called the Safer Communities Act, as well as the 15 Republican senators who voted to pass it, and said touted the organization’s plans to spend $10 million this election cycle to advocate for policies to end gun violence.

“I think it’s really significant that we at the federal level have finally had a breakthrough in gun policy for the first time in nearly 30 years, and that 15 Republicans in the Senate, who have historically refused to to take any action on the issue of gun safety, have come together to help pass this legislation that has been signed into law,” Lloyd said of the bill, which has been described as the most strict on gun control for decades.

“I think that really shows you how much of an issue this is for American families across the country,” she added. “American families were talking about this day in and day out…And this legislation was largely a response to those conversations.”

Gabby Giffords D-Ariz, former congresswoman and survivor of gun violence. speaks during a rally outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, November 3, 2021.
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When asked if she thinks the Democrats’ focus on the issue of gun control might help their unlikely chances of retaining control of the House of Representatives in November due to their unpopularity and their historical trends, Lloyd predicted that those who supported the legislation would benefit.

“I think the people who voted for this legislation at the federal level are absolutely going to talk about it on the campaign trail. And I think their constituents are going to love hearing that they voted for it,” she said.

“I think in cases where we had members of Congress or senators who did not vote for this legislation, groups like ours and other groups across the country are going to make sure their constituents know that ‘they didn’t support this proposal and these common sense gun safety proposals,’ she added.

Despite the bill’s passage, Lloyd argued there was a ‘compelling need for action’ regarding the sentiment his organization was hearing from Americans across the country, including voters. of both political parties, independents and gun owners.

“They don’t think our gun laws are tough enough, and they think we need to do more in Washington to protect our communities from gun violence,” she said, before celebrating what she described as “a real change”. in the political landscape in terms of politicians and voters willing to speak out and run for office on the issue of gun reform.

Robin Lloyd, chief executive of gun reform advocacy group Giffords, speaks with Fox News' Brandon Gillespie Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

Robin Lloyd, chief executive of gun reform advocacy group Giffords, speaks with Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
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Earlier this week, Fox News Digital reached out to 19 vulnerable House Democrats to ask if they support President Biden’s proposed ‘assault weapons’ ban, but only heard from two: one who opposed it and one who supported it.

When asked, Lloyd avoided speculating on why so many Democrats would avoid talking about the proposal, but expressed Giffords’ support for banning “any semi-automatic long gun that can accept a large capacity magazine”.

“Assault weapons pose a very clear threat to our country and our country’s security,” she said. “They are designed to kill as many people as possible in the shortest possible time. They are therefore incredibly deadly and extremely dangerous.”

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“There is not just one problem that needs to be addressed. Gun violence is a complex problem and there are many different ways to solve it. But I think building support for a ban on assault weapons or means to counter assault weapons is something that is still very much a work in progress,” she added.

Lloyd’s expressed definition of an “assault weapon” stood in stark contrast to the apparent failure of others calling for such a ban to define what an “assault weapon” really is, including the choice of Biden to lead Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Steve Dettelbach, who was confirmed by the Senate this week in a close vote.

Dettelbach’s confirmation was welcomed by Lloyd, who described it as ‘a very important step forward’ but said there was ‘obviously a lot more the administration can and should do’ when it comes to reform. firearms.

People visit a memorial at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Thursday, June 2, to pay their respects to the victims of the school shooting.

People visit a memorial at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Thursday, June 2, to pay their respects to the victims of the school shooting.
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Asked about Giffords’ plans for the midterm elections, Lloyd touted the $10 million the organization plans to spend through its political arm, Giffords PAC, and said they would “employ a variety of tactics” that include endorsements and financial support.

She described the planned involvement as “very exciting” because, after the Safer Communities Act was passed, they voted to “highlight where Congressmen and Senators are on the issue and who supports the bill and who hasn’t”.

Lloyd went on to describe the candidates Giffords would support as those who expressed “support for background checks on all gun sales, support for community violence intervention programs” and support for “political who we believe will make the biggest difference in the fight against gun violence.”

She went on to stress the importance of gun owners also having a say in future gun legislation, as well as the ability to find a compromise.

“Our organization is led by a survivor of gun violence, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. But Gabby is also a gun owner. And when she was in Congress, she always tried to find ground to understanding on very complicated issues, so that permeates the ethos of our organization,” she said.

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We are here to fight gun violence day in and day out, but we want to work with everyone who has a stake in doing so, and that includes gun owners…to make sure their voices are at the table when we are talking about these very important policies,” she added.


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