The honorable, strong and courageous Gabrielle Giffords, who just passed the five year anniversary of Jared Lee Loughner’s attempt on her life, has endorsed Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton for president.
Her reason? Gun control.
Since that tragic day on January 8, 2011 – which killed six and wounded thirteen – Giffords, with the help and support of her husband Mark Kelly, have been passionate advocates of smart gun reform, stating the nonpartisan group Americans for Responsible Solutions.
Giffords’ endorsement comes as President Obama signs new and controversial executive orders, which includes closing the gun show loophole, a measure that was defeated in Congress due to NRA blood money influence.
In an op-ed article, Giffords and Kelly explain their decision to back Clinton, saying, “Only one candidate for president has the determination and toughness to stand up to the corporate gun lobby — and the record to prove it. That candidate is Hillary Clinton.” Elaborating further, Giffords writes:
Time and time again, Hillary has done and said what is right, not what is politically expedient. That’s why Mark and I are supporting her for President of the United States. As a United States Senator, Hillary voted for laws that keep guns and out of the wrong hands and make our communities safer places to live. She voted against protecting gun manufacturers at all costs and insisted on putting the safety of our communities over manufacturers’ bottom lines. And we believe that as president she will continue working to respect the rights of law-abiding gun owners like us while working to achieve practical solutions like a reliable background check system that prevents dangerous people from getting guns, closing loopholes to protect women and families by keeping guns out of the hands of abusers and stalkers, and cracking down on the illegal gun trade.
The gun debate has highlighted key differences between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, with the Clinton campaign attacking Sanders for voting against the Brady Bill five times and voting against holding gun manufactures and distributors accountable for gun violence. Sanders has contended that his votes are due to his state’s strong pro-gun feelings and points out that he has a D rating from the NRA’s political branch.
Giffords took a swing at Republicans, writing that “Most of the people running for president talk a lot about how tough they are. But most of them have shown they aren’t tough enough to stand up to the gun lobbyists.”
Giffords closes her beautiful op-ed with a positive note for Clinton:
Speaking is still physically difficult for me. I do hours and hours of speech therapy. And in January, I hope to call my friend Hillary ‘Madam President.’
Here’s to hoping Giffords herself returns to elected office one day, and may she continue her journey of hope and healing.
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