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Giffords hits lawmakers who voted for concealed carry bill

Giffords hits lawmakers who voted for concealed carry bill
© Greg Nash

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) on Wednesday resurfaced old tweets from lawmakers who earlier in the day voted in favor of a bill making concealed carry handgun permits valid across state lines.

The bill also included measures boosting the national background check system. It passed in the House, 231-198, largely along party lines. Six Democrats voted in favor of the bill, while 14 Republicans voted “no.”

Giffords specifically resurfaced tweets in which lawmakers called for “thoughts and prayers” in the aftermath of recent mass shootings.

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“Thoughts & prayers alone won’t prevent the next tragedy,” Giffords wrote in response to each tweet.

Giffords was shot in the head Jan. 8, 2011, by a gunman who killed six people and wounded 18 others in an attack at a "meet and greet" for the congresswoman in a supermarket parking lot.

She has since become an advocate for anti-gun violence causes. 

Her gun safety group ran ads in recent days targeting eight Republican lawmakers ahead of the vote.