Giffords Gun Control Group Adopts Her Name

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and her husband Mark Kelly changed the name of their organization from Americans for Reponsible Solutions to Giffords, to focus on her as a symbol of courage.

A gun-control group changed its name from Americans for Responsible Solutions to Giffords, the name of the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head in 2011 and founded the group two years later after 20 Connecticut first-graders were killed, the Washington Post reports. The name change is part of an effort to reframe the gun debate after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. By focusing on Gabrielle Giffords as a symbol of “courage,” the group is hoping to draw in more people to fight for stronger firearms laws. “It is about the courage of single individuals, but also the courage of members of Congress and state legislators to stand up to the gun lobby and focus on this like they never have before,” said Giffords’ husband Mark Kelly, a former astronaut and co-founder of the group. “If we don’t have the courage to talk about this . . . we’re going to have another Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, another shooting like we saw in Vegas.”

Kelly traveled to Las Vegas last week and met with the families of two women with injuries similar to those suffered by his wife. “These two young women have serious traumatic brain injuries and a long road ahead of them,” Kelly said. Kelly and Giffords, both gun owners, released a video Tuesday they made with former president Barack Obama, Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA) and retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a former U.S. Army general who commanded the Joint Special Operations Command for five years. “People say we can never take the guns out of society completely,” McChrystal says on the video. “Well, I don’t think many people are calling for that. I think what we’re calling for is the kinds of things that bring sanity back.”