House Democrats to introduce gun bill on anniversary of Gabrielle Giffords shooting

House Democrats to introduce gun bill on anniversary of Gabrielle Giffords shooting

Gun Rights

On the eighth anniversary of the day when then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and nearly assassinated, U.S. House Democrats are set to introduce legislation to expand background checks to nearly every gun sale. Giffords, D-Ariz., who served in Congress from 2007 to 2012, is expected to join House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at an event in Washington that signals political and social shifts on gun control after years of high-profile mass shootings with no significant political action to stop them. "Our Democratic Majority will press relentlessly for bipartisan progress to end the epidemic of gun violence on our streets, in our schools and in our places of worship," Pelosi said in a statement. "Enough is enough.” Supporters of the bill say the timing is a nod to Giffords and other survivors of gun violence. It will be called H.R. 8, will call for near-universal background checks for gun sales, and according to the Washington Post , will not address an assault weapons ban. Newly elected Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, a bill co-sponsor, is expected to lead a moment of silence on the House floor Tuesday to honor the victims of the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting near Tucson that left six people dead and 13 others wounded. Among those killed was U.S. District Judge John Roll; Gabe Zimmerman, 30, a community-outreach director for Giffords’ office; and 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, who was visiting the event with a family friend. Among the wounded, Ron Barber, another […]

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