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Gabby Giffords' Super PAC Releases Gun Control Ad On Newtown Anniversary (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Americans for Responsible Solutions, the anti-gun violence group led by former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, released an ad this week in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The ad titled “Silent Night” shows mournful photographs taken in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 20 children and six adults were killed on Dec. 14, 2012.

The 30-second ad concludes with the message: "30,000 die each year from gun violence. How long do we have to wait for Congress to act?"

Since the shooting at Sandy Hook, Congress has not passed any gun reform legislation.

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A statement from astronaut Mark Kelly accompanied the ad.

"In the weeks after Newtown, we heard politician after politician give eloquent speeches -- promising that they would keep our communities safe. They promised that they would honor the dead in Newtown," he said.

He noted the bipartisan background check expansion, the Machin-Toomey amendment, which failed to overcome a Republican filibuster in April.

"The Senate, it seemed, was in the grip of the gun lobby. Gabby and I were disappointed, but we were not defeated," Kelly said. "The fight is not over. And America will not forget Sandy Hook."

While in office, Kelly’s wife was shot in the head during a mass shooting in Tucson in January 2011.

Sources: Huffington Post, Washington Post