Giffords: 'Reporters shouldn’t have to hide from gunfire while doing their jobs'
© Greg Nash

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) said Thursday that “reporters shouldn’t have to hide from gunfire while doing their jobs” after a deadly shooting at a newspaper in Maryland.

“We shouldn’t have to live in a country where our lawmakers refuse to take any action to address this uniquely American crisis that’s causing so much horror and heartbreak on what feels like a daily basis,” Giffords said in a statement.

She added that lawmakers “time and time again … have failed to show the courage we need to keep us safe.”

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“Americans are demanding that their lawmakers pass effective laws that can protect our communities and stop dangerous people from accessing guns, but this Congress refuses to listen,” she said.

“We should be outraged. And we should be making plans to hold them accountable,” Giffords continued. “I’m ready to stand with voters and make our voices heard loud and clear in November.”

Giffords, who nearly died after being shot in the head when a lone gunman opened fire at a constituent event in Arizona in January 2011, has been a major advocate for gun control in the wake of mass shootings in recent years.

In February, she issued an emotional plea for action after 17 students and faculty were killed during a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

Her latest comments came after authorities said at least five people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday.

Officials said they have apprehended a suspect the shooting.