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Our collaboration with Americans for Responsible Solutions and the March 28 visit to Delaware by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly received a lot of attention.
By Matthew Albright
A new coalition of Delaware community leaders and former elected officials says it will push for several new gun control laws in the General Assembly this year. The Delaware Coalition for Common Sense announced its platform Monday with a visit by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. Giffords was shot in the head in a 2011 rampage in Tuscon, Arizona, that left six people dead and 13 wounded. Since then, she and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, have campaigned nationally for gun control legislation. Giffords resigned her House seat to focus on the long, difficult recovery from the brain damage the bullet caused. On Monday, she walked with a noticeable limp and did not move her right arm. “Now is the time to come together and be responsible, Democrats, Republicans, everybody,” Giffords said in a brief speech at Central Baptist Church at Ninth and Pine streets in Wilmington, an area that has suffered badly in Wilmington’s ongoing struggles with gun violence. Monday’s event was the first public event for the coalition, which brings together more than a dozen advocacy organizations that have found their work touched by gun violence, including the Coalition Against Gun Violence, Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware. The group is based off the model of the organization Giffords and Kelly founded, Americans for Responsible Solutions.
NBC10’s Pamela Osborne looks at how former congresswoman Gabby Giffords helped bring awareness to gun violence in Wilmington, Delaware.
By Megan Pauly
A new bipartisan coalition called the Delaware Coalition for Common Sense seeking to lobby for gun violence legislation in the First State is getting to work. Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and husband Captain Mark Kelly were among those at Wilmington’s Central Baptist Church to support the new advocacy group. Kelly says the state has work to do on gun control. He points specifically to what’s known as the “Charleston loophole,” where shops are legally allowed to sell a gun if a background check takes longer than three business days to complete. “You’ve probably heard that saying or read the bumper sticker that guns don’t kill people, people kill people? Well we get that and we believe that to be absolutely true,” Kelly said. “That’s why we need to focus on these issues that allow dangerous people: felons, domestic abusers, to get their hands on firearms.” Earlier this year, state House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst said she may offer a bill to close that loophole.
By Tom Lehman
A new group in Delaware plans to push for tighter control laws, including anticipated legislation aimed at closing what supporters called a potentially dangerous loophole for gun sales. The Delaware Commission for Common Sense announced its formation and mission during a news conference Monday. Members were joined by former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, ex-astronaut Mark Kelly–prominent advocates for stronger gun control laws in the United States. Giffords was seriously wounded in 2011 during a shooting in Tuscon, Arizona that took the lives of six people and wounded more than a dozen others. She resigned her congressional seat to focus on recovery from brain damage she suffered during the attack. “Now is the time to come together and be responsible, Democrats, Republicans, everybody,” she said. The announcement took place at Central Baptist Church on Wilmington’s East Side, one area of the city that has experienced high levels of gun violence. The commission is currently planning on advocating for legislation that members said will make residents safer. One change involves providing clear processes for relatives and law enforcement to temporarily prevent people suffering a “mental health crisis” from accessing guns.
By Kelli Steele
Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Retired Astronaut Captain Mark Kelly in Delaware today (Monday). The couple will make an appearance at the Medical Society of Delaware in Newark from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for an evening to benefit the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, Inc. Giffords and Kelly are the co-founders of Americans for Responsible Solutions, an organization that encourages elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership. On January 8, 2011, a mentally ill man shot then Congresswoman Giffords in the head, killed six of her constituents and wounded 12 others. On the second anniversary of that horrific shooting, Gifford and Kelly launched Americans for Responsible Solutions.
By Julian Sadur
Legislation set to be introduced by Delaware House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Longhurst (D), aims to close what many describe as a loophole in the state’s gun law. As it stands now anyone who wants to buy a gun must go through a federal background check, but if the federal government takes more than three days to get back, firearm sellers in Delaware are allowed to proceed with the transaction. The bill, still being framed, would change that stipulation, but it’s unclear at this point how. This alleged loophole was brought to national attention after nine people were murdered in a mass shooting at a South Carolina church, the suspected gunman bought the gun legally through a delayed transaction. “The loophole really just puts the guns in the hands of dangerous people who shouldn’t have guns, people who may be already prohibited from having a guns can walk right through that loophole,” said Jeffrey Lott, communications director for the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence. Monday, former Arizona representative Gabby Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, announced the formation of the Delaware Coalition for Common Sense. A top priority of theirs will be supporting this legislation.
Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has taken her push for tougher gun laws to Virginia and Delaware. Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, announced Tuesday at a Richmond news conference the formation of the Virginia Coalition for Common Sense. The group will advocate for legislation aimed at preventing guns from getting into the hands of dangerous people. A top priority will be advocating for mandatory background checks at gun shows. On Monday, Giffords and Kelly announced the formation of the Delaware Coalition for Common Sense. It hopes to prevent gun sellers from completing a purchase if a background check takes longer than three days. They recently helped form a similar group in Minnesota. Giffords was gravely wounded in the 2011 Tucson shooting spree that left six dead and 13 wounded.