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AUDIO: Gabby Giffords group targets Ayotte, McConnell. Ayotte's approvals plunge after "no" vote on gun background checks.


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Americans for Responsible Solutions, the grassroots movement led by Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, has launched an "accountability campaign" that focuses on Senator McConnell of Kentucky and Senator Ayotte of New Hampshire:

ARS, founded by Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, will begin airing radio ads today in Kentucky and New Hampshire, highlighting Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Kelly Ayotte’s vote against this sensible solution to keeping our families safe from gun violence.

The ads highlight McConnell and Ayotte’s putting loyalty to the special interest gun lobby in Washington instead of supporting wildly popular sensible policies that would keep their communities safer. In Kentucky, 82 percent of people support background checks; in New Hampshire, 89 percent of residents support them.


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Ignored – Ayotte

Woman 1: Remember that ad Kelly Ayotte ran saying she’s one of us.

Woman 2: Oh, where she’s out for a run?

Woman 1: (SFX: Newspaper rustling) Yeah. Well, it sure didn’t take long for her to “go Washington.” Says here Ayotte voted against improving background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

Woman 2: Are you serious? 89 percent of the people in New Hampshire support universal background checks. She just ignored us?

Woman 1: Sure did. This was common sense legislation written by a Republican and a Democrat. Supported by law enforcement. And it protected Second Amendment rights. But Ayotte voted against it anyway.

Woman 2: And ignored the will of the people.

Woman 1: Well, I’m calling Senator Ayotte and telling her to listen to the people for a change. You should too. The number is202-224-3324.

Woman 2: Paid for by Americans for Responsible Solutions.


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(Montage of News clips from Newtown of the shooting).

Announcer: We watched. We listened. We felt it. Newtown.

But Senator McConnell won’t listen to us.

Eighty-two percent of Kentuckians support universal background checks.

But Senator McConnell voted against them.

McConnell opposed common sense checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

Written by a Republican and a Democrat. Supported by law enforcement officers. It was a common sense plan that protected Second Amendment Rights.

But Senator McConnell ignored the will of the people. Making our children and our families less save…. And putting the Washington special interests ahead of Kentucky… AGAIN.

Call Senator McConnell at 202-224-2541. And tell him to start listening to us, for a change.

Paid for by Americans for Responsible Solutions.

And HuffPo is reporting that Ayotte's approval ratings have dropped sharply since her no vote on background checks. The gun safety issue is not going away, despite misinformation to the contrary being spread by those on the right:

A new poll has New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) down a total of 15 points from her previous approval rating in a survey that followed her vote against requiring background checks for firearms purchases.

Ayotte's plunge underscores the changing politics around gun control and gun safety. In years past, lawmakers worried that a vote for gun control would bring the anger of the National Rifle Association. In the new reality, votes against gun control also carry a political risk, as the Ayotte poll indicates.


Gabby Giffords, two years later: "I want to make the world a better place."


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Watching Gabby Giffords' progress, listening to her, seeing her struggle two years after she was nearly killed at the point of a gun is as heartening as it is tear-inducing. She is paralyzed on her right side (arm and leg) and also has no peripheral vision on the same side. In other words, she's partially blind now.


As a result of her gunshot wound, Giffords suffers from a condition called aphasia, and that it is "very difficult for her," said Kelly. Aphasia is an impairment to language-related functions, such as speaking, writing, listening and reading.

She looks a whole lot like her old self, has that old Giffords spunk, but is still unable to communicate the way she used to.

Here are a few of her responses to Dana Bash's questions:

On how she spends her days: "Occupational therapy, yogurt." (Mark Kelly, her husband, gently corrects her.) "Yoga, yoga!"

On Jared Loughner: "Beady eyes." And, "So sad. Mentally ill."

On her vision: "Not great at all."

On whether she is ever resentful about what happened to her: "No. No. Move ahead. Move ahead."

On herself: "Stronger. Stronger, better, tougher. Stronger, better, tougher."

On her goals: "I want to make the world a better place. I want to make the world a better place."

She has, she has.


VIDEO: Mark Kelly, Gabby Giffords' husband, warns GOP against filibustering Senate gun legislation


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Gabby Giffords’ husband Mark Kelly timed it. It took all of five minutes and thirty-six seconds to complete a background check to purchase a handgun at an Arizona gun store.

Here he is on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace talking about that and more, including warning GOP lawmakers not to filibuster Senate gun safety proposals:

Mark Kelly:

"I would say to Marco Rubio that 94% of his constituents support a universal background check... with Rand Paul, it's about 83% in Kentucky.

"They should listen to their constituents and certainly shouldn't be getting in the way of the process, which is to debate the bill and to vote on the bill."

"I imagine that at some point, if they actually do this, their constituents will hold them accountable for those actions."

"One thing that is different now is the fact that we had 20 first-graders murdered in a classroom along with six educators. I mean, that's unacceptable."

"92% of Americans support a universal background check. And 74%  of NRA members. I would hope, at some point, that the leadership of the NRA would just listen to their membership on this issue."

"It's crazy that we have this system where responsible owners get a background check, and the option to avoid one is available for anybody who doesn't want to do it. It's a crazy system."

"The system currently works with federally licensed firearms dealers. There is no reason that same system can't work with the gun show and the private seller."

As you may recall, a gun store refused to sell Gabby Giffords’s husband an assault weapon because, rather than intending to kill with it, he planned on using it to make a point about gun safety.

Of course, AZ Sen. Jeff Flake thinks risk of gun deaths is preferable to all that burdensome background check “paperwork.”

At least Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) had the balls to pledge to introduce an amendment to ban the sale of high-capacity ammunition.

Oh, and Harry Reid? How’s that gentleman’s agreement with Mitch McConnell on the filibuster workin’ for ya?


VIDEO-- Gabby Giffords' husband Mark Kelly: Guess how long it took me to complete a background check...


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I got the following email from Gabby Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly that linked me to the above video. It's always so touching to see Gabby, to marvel at her strength as well as her vulnerability. She survived, but so many other shooting victims don't. Her credibility quotient is through the roof, so listen up gun zealots. She and her husband have something to say:

Dear Laffy -

Five minutes and thirty-six seconds...

That's how long it took me to complete a background check to purchase a handgun earlier this month at an Arizona gun store.

Gabby and I are gun owners, so we know background checks are simple, painless, and meant to keep guns out the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

But not everyone knows that.

So when I bought this gun, I went in with a pocket camera to demonstrate how quick and easy it is to complete the background check process. I hope you'll watch it and share it with your friends and family today.

Background checks are a common sense solution to reduce gun violence that everyone should be able to get behind. Unfortunately, we still have a lot of work to do. Sharing this video is one way we can spread the truth about background checks.

I'm glad we're in this fight together.

Mark Kelly
Americans for Responsible Solutions

As you may recall, a gun store refused to sell Gabby Giffords’s husband an assault weapon because, rather than intending to kill with it, he planned on using it to make a point about gun safety.


Gun store refuses to sell Gabby Giffords's husband an assault weapon

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

So much for Mark Kelly's Second Amendment rights. Can you imagine the uproar if this had happened to a tea partier?

(Reuters) - An Arizona gun store owner has canceled the sale of an assault rifle to the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, after discovering that he made the purchase to highlight the need for gun control.

Mark Kelly got a refund after buying an AR-15 style weapon. The store owner didn't appreciate the semi-automatic weapon being used as a prop for their anti-violence/gun safety cause.

Here's what his Facebook message said:

While I support and respect Mark Kelly's 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible manner, his recent statements to the media made it clear that his intent in purchasing the ... rifle from us was for reasons other than for his personal use."

In light of this fact, I determined that it was in my company's best interest to terminate this transaction prior to his returning to my store.

So if a gun dealer doesn't approve of a political reason for legally purchasing a rifle, he can refuse service. And because he runs a private business, it's constitutional, albeit ironic. And hypocritical.

He's going to donate the rifle to a police raffle and give the amount of money he would have gotten from selling the rifle to Kelly to a child gun safety program.


VIDEO-- Gabby Giffords: "Be bold, be courageous, please support background checks."


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"Fight, fight, fight!"

"Be bold, be courageous, please support background checks."

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly held an event at the very Safeway parking lot where she was shot back in 2011.

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I'd love to know how many of those very vocal gun zealots would have half her courage if they were in her shoes, if they had been on the brink of death due to a bullet in the head from one of their fellow Glock-semi-automatic-with-a-33-round magazine-lovers. How many of them would still be pretending that their Second Amendment rights would be snatched from them due to common sense gun safety measures if they experienced anything close to this:

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Remember: There was a "good guy" with a gun that day in Arizona, and he nearly shot a good guy without a gun:

But before we embrace Zamudio's brave intervention as proof of the value of being armed, let's hear the whole story. "I came out of that store, I clicked the safety off, and I was ready," he explained on Fox and Friends. "I had my hand on my gun. I had it in my jacket pocket here. And I came around the corner like this." Zamudio demonstrated how his shooting hand was wrapped around the weapon, poised to draw and fire. As he rounded the corner, he saw a man holding a gun. "And that's who I at first thought was the shooter," Zamudio recalled. "I told him to 'Drop it, drop it!' "

But the man with the gun wasn't the shooter. He had wrested the gun away from the shooter. "Had you shot that guy, it would have been a big, fat mess," the interviewer pointed out.


Video- Gabrielle Giffords's Husband Mark Kelly Testifies in Senate Gun Hearing