WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) says she is “furious” over the Senate’s rejection of expanded background checks and other gun control restrictions.
In a New York Times op-ed published Wednesday, Giffords slammed senators who “gave into fear” and “blocked common-sense legislation” that she said “could prevent future tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., Blacksburg, Va., and too many communities to count.”
Lawmakers rejected broader federal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines Wednesday, jarring gun control backers who thought Newtown would spur Congress to act.
“Some of the senators who voted against the background-check amendments have met with grieving parents whose children were murdered at Sandy Hook, in Newtown. Some of the senators who voted no have also looked into my eyes as I talked about my experience being shot in the head at point-blank range in suburban Tucson two years ago,” Giffords wrote. “These senators have heard from their constituents — who polls show overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks. And still these senators decided to do nothing. Shame on them.”