VIDEO: Gabby Giffords shoots gun during tour to promote background checks


gabby giffords shooting range with mark kelly

See, gun zealots? As Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly demonstrate, you can own a gun, you can shoot a gun, and you can even revere guns, all while supporting gun safety. Imagine:

Washington (CNN) – Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, are in Alaska Tuesday on the second stop of a week-long, seven state tour across the nation trying to build public support for enhanced background checks for gun purchases.

The stops are specifically aimed at states where Senators voted no in April, such as Sen. Joe Heck (R-Nevada) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), or those who voted yes, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), for the Manchin-Toomey background check provision that would have brought enhanced background checks to guns bought at shows or over the internet.

Welcome to the "Rights and Responsibilities" tour, Gabby and Mark's way of trying their best to reduce gun violence after the tragic Newtown, Connecticut elementary school massacre.

This event was the first time Giffords had gone to a shooting range since she was nearly killed in 2011.

Gabby also wrote an op-ed for USA Today. Here are the excerpts provided by CNN:

Days before we celebrate our Declaration of Independence and the values that make our nation great, I am taking this week to pay tribute to the Second Amendment – both the rights it bestows and the responsibilities it requires. Some might consider me an unlikely advocate for gun rights because I sustained terrible injuries in a violent shooting. But I'm a patriot, and I believe the right to bear arms is a definitive part of our American heritage ...

We can't stop every person who is determined to do harm, but common-sense measures can prevent tragedies. Expanding background checks will help create a uniform standard for all gun purchases and prevent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from obtaining powerful weapons...

I know there will always be some in Congress who remain in the grip of special interests... [W]e'll celebrate those who vote yes, and we'll notice those who ignored their constituents.

And hopefully, the rest of us will vote out those who clearly prefer those special interests to their constituents.