Starting with Maine, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be touring nine states, including Pennsylvania, to advocate for stronger gun laws, which she says will protect women and families and make it more difficult for domestic abusers to obtain firearms. Giffords was shot in the head during a 2011 shooting in Tuscon, Arizona that killed six. She remains partially paralyzed and still has difficulty speaking.
Among other changes, Giffords has urged for the expansion of background checks, along with prohibitions on gun purchases for misdemeanor-level stalking crimes.
“Giffords’ gun-control advocacy group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, calls guns and domestic violence ‘a lethal mix,’ noting that abuse victims are more than five times more likely to be killed if the aggressor has access to a gun,” writes the Associated Press’s Alanna Durkin.
CeaseFirePennsylvania is pleased that Giffords will be coming here on her tour.