“What is congress afraid of?” This is the question posed by Gabby Giffords in a new ad where she calls out the NRA, the gun lobby and timid legislators on capitol hill, for Congress’ failure to act. Calling on voters to tell congress that “it’s too dangerous to wait,” Giffords points out the well known majority support that simple gun control measures such as universal background checks enjoy, noting also that in 2010 the NRA spent over $200 million on congressional lobbying and campaigning.
Giffords was applauded during her appearance at last years State of The Union speech, which took place with the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary still fresh in the collective memory and at the time many Americans were optimistic about the chances for progress in curbing gun violence. However due to gun lobby opposition and what is largely perceived as weakness in congress, efforts to advance even in the well received area of universal background checks were stalled.
The video is the latest produced by Americans For Responsible Solutions, a 501(c)(4) Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly founded together. Released to correspond with this years State of The Union address, they hope to renew the debate about gun control, especially in light of the recent spate of shootings. In the first few weeks of 2014, American experienced a mass shooting or random public shooting incident on average once every other day.
As such becomes a more common and less surprising occurrence to the public at large, the need for action on such matters has ever been higher and with guns assured to be a big topic in the upcoming election, congress may find themselves with yet another sink or swim moment in regards to protecting Americans from gun violence.