Giffords launches national Gun Owners for Safety group to combat the NRA

Giffords launches national Gun Owners for Safety group to combat the NRA

Giffords, the gun control advocacy organization founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) after her attempted assassination, is set to launch a new national firearms group intended to take on the power and influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Gun Owners for Safety will be launched off of a coalition that was founded in 2018 with chapters in Colorado, Minnesota and Texas. It seeks to offer gun owners an alternative to the NRA, which remains stringently opposed to most anti-gun violence proposals. “I think whether you’re talking about politics, whether you’re talking about lobbying, whether you’re talking about culture change, what’s vitally important is that we focus on the millions of Americans at the center of our politics. If we’re going to have longterm durable change in this country, it can’t just be the activists on the left and the activists on the right. We really have to move the center,” Giffords executive director Peter Ambler said. Giffords, the wife of Arizona Senate candidate and former astronaut Mark Kelly, is a gun owner herself and, Ambler noted, was ranked one of the most moderate members of the House during her time in Congress. Organizers have already connected with nearly 50,000 gun owners in all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and some serving abroad “who are fed up with the NRA,” Ambler said. Members include hunters, collectors, veterans, former law enforcement and others who value firearm ownership but also want to reduce gun violence. “These men and […]

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