Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, launched a new effort to promote gun-control laws on Tuesday, the two-year anniversary of the Tucson shooting.
“Until now, the gun lobby's political contributions, advertising and lobbying have dwarfed spending from anti-gun violence groups,” they wrote. “No longer. With Americans for Responsible Solutions engaging millions of people about ways to reduce gun violence and funding political activity nationwide, legislators will no longer have reason to fear the gun lobby.”
Barber said he believed it was “possible” to take on the NRA, but that money is needed to “make a difference in communicating information and getting a message out,” which was the impetus for Giffords’s new initiative.
But the push for heightened gun control will face strong opposition from the NRA, which argues that more restrictions will do little to prevent violence.
Gun-control efforts also face an uncertain path in the Republican-controlled House. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee that oversees firearms regulations, told Roll Call last month that “gun control is not going to be something that I would support.”