Gabby Giffords stars in new gun-control TV ad ahead of State of the Union address

NBC News | Feb 11, 2013

By Mark Murray

Americans for Responsible Solutions, the organization founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) and her husband Mark Kelly, has released a new TV ad in the campaign to curb gun violence.

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“We have a problem — where we shop, where we pray, where our children go to school,” Giffords says in the ad. “But there are solutions we can agree on, even gun owners like us. Take it from me: Congress must act. Let’s get this done.”

The ad — at a six-figure buy — will air this week in DC, as well in the cities represented by congressional leaders: San Francisco (Nancy Pelosi); Cincinnati, OH (John Boehner); Louisville, KY (Mitch McConnell); and Las Vegas, NV (Harry Reid).

And it comes after Giffords and her husband recently sat down with the New York Times for an interview. “Ms. Giffords, a former Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, a gun owner, an astronaut’s wife, a shooting survivor and an incipient gun-control advocate, is settling into the third act of her public life. Her career as a lawmaker is behind her, but so is her role as the fragile, slightly mysterious victim in the months after she was shot point-blank in a parking lot here just over two years ago. Now, she is the face and emotional dynamism behind a new advocacy group and a separate political action committee, Americans for Responsible Solutions, dedicated to reducing gun violence. It is an effort, she said, that gives her ‘purpose.'”

Giffords and Kelly also will attend President Obama’s State of the Union on Tuesday.

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