Dems push gun control on anniversary of Giffords shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) – Days after reclaiming the House majority, Democrats introduced gun control legislation timed for the anniversary of the shooting of former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats introduced a bill to expand background checks for sales and transfers of firearms on Tuesday, the eighth anniversary of the day Giffords was shot in the head at a constituent meeting in Arizona. I’m in Washington today, but my heart is in Tucson. Eight years ago, six lives were stolen outside a Safeway. I was shot in the head. Another 12 were injured. Though I will never make sense of that day, I’ve dedicated my life to making our communities safer. — Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) January 8, 2019 Giffords, who co-founded a gun safety group with her husband, Mark Kelly, said in a statement Friday she was thrilled that her former House colleagues were responding to a gun-violence epidemic that killed nearly 40,000 people in 2017. >>VIDEO: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduces gun reform bill The bill expanding background checks "marks a critical first step toward strengthening America’s gun laws and making our country a safer place to live, work, study, worship and play," Giffords said. "I stand ready to do everything in my power to get this legislation across the finish line." Democrats promised swift action on gun control after the party regained the House majority following eight years of Republican rule. Pelosi called the bill on background checks a common-sense measure and cited […]

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