Gabby Giffords Fires a Gun For the First Time Since She Was Shot

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords fired a gun at a Las Vegas firing range for the first time since she was shot in the head in 2011.

Currently on a seven-state tour promoting stricter background checks on gun purchases, Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly stopped at the range Monday, according to ABC News.

Giffords is still recovering from a gunshot wound she received in January 2011 when Jared Lee Loughner opened fired at a constituents meeting in Tuscon, Ariz. Loughner shot 12 people and killed six, including 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green and Chief U.S. District Court Judge John Roll.

Since then, Giffords and her husband — long-time gun owners  have been advocated for gun-control legislation.

“I don’t think there are many people out there who are stronger supporters of the Second Amendment than Gabby and I,” Kelly told KLAS-TV, the Fox News affiliate in Las Vegas.

The couple believe stronger background checks will keep guns out of the hands of people like Loughner, who was diagnosed as mentally ill but was able to acquire a gun anyway.

“Some might consider me an unlikely advocate for gun rights because I sustained terrible injuries in a violent shooting,” wrote Giffords in an op-ed for USA Today published Monday. “But I’m a patriot, and I believe the right to bear arms is a definitive part of our American heritage.”

The couple says background checks will fortify the Second Amendment rather than strip gun owners of rights.

Her seven-day “Rights and Responsibilities Tour” is part of an effort to revive stalled legislation that would impose strict background checks, which failed in the Senate in April.

“I am confident and Gabby’s confident — and we wouldn’t have gotten into this if we didn’t think that we could be effective in getting Congress to enact some sensible gun laws,” Kelly told MSNBC. “It’s going to take a little bit of time.”

Sources: Politico, NY Daily