Former Rep. Gabby Giffords brought her push for stronger gun laws to City Hall Monday — urging New Yorkers and Americans to support candidates in November who will work to rein in the gun violence epidemic.
“Stopping gun violence takes courage — the courage to do what’s right,” Giffords, who was shot in the head in Arizona in 2011, said on the steps of City Hall.
Joined by a host of New York lawmakers, Giffords said, “Now is the time to come together, be responsible — Democrats, Republicans, everyone. We must never stop fighting. Fight, fight, fight. Be bold, be courageous. The nation is counting on you.”
Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, have been leading the “Vocal Majority” bus tour across the nation, urging voters to cast their ballots based on gun control issue.
“As the gun violence crisis rages on, Congress has done something pretty remarkable: They’ve done nothing. Nothing at all,” Kelly said. “They’ve done nothing to close the loopholes in our laws that make it easy for felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill, and even terrorists to get their hands on firearms.”
He blamed the intransigence on a “very vocal minority” of Americans backed by “powerful corporate interests” in the gun lobby, and said the majority of Americans who do support tighter laws must step up to counter them.