Over the weekend, Giffords was awarded the 2013 Profiles in Courage award for her work as a gun control advocate at a ceremony Sunday at the John F. Kennedy Library.In her remarks, Giffords admonished Congress for failing to act last month on legislation that would have expanded background checks to include firearm purchases at gun shows and online.

“I believe we all have courage inside,” Giffords said. “I wish there was more courage in Congress. Sometimes it’s hard to express it. I know. It’s been a hard two years for me. But I want to make the world a better place more than ever.”

The weekend also saw Kelly pen an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle calling for the ouster of NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre ahead of the group's annual convention. Kelly accused leaders like LaPierre have abandoned their previous support for safety measures like universal background checks "in exchange for cold hard cash" from gun manufacturers.

"LaPierre and the gun manufacturers he represents exploit people's fears," Kelly writes. "In return gun manufacturers gave LaPierre and the NRA tens of millions of dollars last year alone - and he spent almost $1 million of it on his own salary."

The Giffords group is expected to target swing lawmakers who voted against the Senate background check measure ahead of next year's midterm elections. The Obama Administration is hoping to renew its gun push before then, with Vice President Biden meeting Monday with religious leaders at the White House.