WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is urging key senators to support expanded background checks for gun purchases in a new television ad that is to begin airing Tuesday in Arizona and Iowa.
Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun control group started by Giffords and husband Mark Kelly, said it is spending six figures on the ads in two states with strong gun traditions. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up tougher firearm regulations Thursday.
"There are solutions we can agree on, even gun owners like us," Giffords says in the commercial over a closeup of her and Kelly looking directly into the camera. "Take it from me, Congress must act. Let's get this done."
The ad opens with black-and-white images from vigils after high-profile mass shootings at a Colorado movie theater, a Wisconsin temple, a Connecticut elementary school and the attempt on Giffords' own life outside an Arizona grocery store, which also left 12 others wounded and six dead.
"We have a problem," she says, "where we shop, where we pray, where our children go to school."