Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly stump for gun control, Democrats in Minneapolis

Gun Rights

Democratic politicians got some help in the closing days of the campaign from national gun control advocates Friday, as they try to rally progressives and voters newly motivated by the gun issue. Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived a Tuscon gun massacre in 2011, was joined by her husband Mark Kelly, an astronaut and Naval aviator, on the campus of the University of Minnesota. They led a roundtable discussion with gun control activists and Democratic candidates U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, Dean Phillips and state Rep. Ilhan Omar. Walz is the Democratic nominee for governor; Phillips and Omar are running for Congress. Giffords and Kelly were scheduled to lead a get-out-the-vote rally later in the day featuring Comedy Central personality Jordan Klepper and survivors of the gun massacre earlier this year at a high school in Parkland, Fla. “We must stop gun violence. Make our country a safer place, a better place,” said Giffords, who still speaks haltingly after being shot in the head. “Stand with me. Vote, vote, vote. On Election Day, your voice matters. Join your voice with mine.” Bryan Strawser, chairman of the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus, called the visit “yet another appearance of an out-of-state, well-funded, gun control group attempting to influence Minnesota elections.” “Minnesotans aren’t going to fall for their agenda,” he added. The willingness of Walz and Phillips to appear with such well known gun control advocates illustrates how the politics of the gun issue has changed just in the past few years, […]

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