Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) is working on a book due out this June on gun control with her husband, retired Navy captain and astronaut Mark Kelly.
The book, titled "Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe From Gun Violence" is based on a New York Times essay that Giffords penned last April in response to a Senate vote to strike down a bill that would have expanded regulatory power over gun sales by mandating background checks at gun shows and over the internet, followed by measures to ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines.
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords smiles as she raises a fist pump to the crowd as she, her husband Mark Kelly, and a number of other Tucson mass shooting victims returned to the site of a shooting that left her critically wounded to urge key senators to support expanded background checks for gun purchases, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP)
In the essay, Giffords argued:
"On Wednesday, a minority of senators gave into fear and blocked common-sense legislation that would have made it harder for criminals and people with dangerous mental illnesses to get hold of deadly firearms...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."
Not mincing words, the former representative who survived an assassination attempt in January 2011 but struggles with her speech and is paralyzed in her right arm described the senators' vote as one of "cowardice," arguing that it was "based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association."
Giffords described herself as "furious" and vowed to "not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done."
To that end, in January 2013, Giffords founded a political action committee called Americans for Responsible Solutions to "encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership," including a universal background check system.
In a statement issued Tuesday in connection with the book by its publisher, Giffords' husband Mark Kelly stated: "As Second Amendment supporters and gun owners ourselves, we hope our book rouses the long-overdue conversation our country needs to make responsible changes to our gun laws so that no more precious lives are lost."