Giffords was shot during a 2011 constituent event. She has had 50 public events in the last year.
In the past year, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has held over 50 public events in states across the country to champion commonsense solutions to reduce gun violence and make communities safer. If Giffords can hold public events, so can our members of Congress.
That was the gist of Giffords’ message to Republican members of Congress who shirked having to face their constituents during the Congressional recess that has many in Capitol Hill traveling to their home districts this week. Giffords is the Co-Founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions, a non-profit advocacy organization and political action committee advocating for gun control measures.
From her statement:
“I was shot on a Saturday morning. By Monday morning my offices were open to the public. Ron Barber – at my side that Saturday, who was shot multiple times, then elected to Congress in my stead – held town halls. It’s what the people deserve in a representative.
“Many of the members of Congress who are refusing to hold town halls and listen to their constituents concerns are the very same politicians that have opposed commonsense gun violence prevention policies and have allowed the Washington gun lobby to threaten the safety of law enforcement and everyday citizens in our schools, businesses, places of worship, airports, and movie theaters.
“To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage. Face your constituents. Hold town halls.”
Your move, GOP.