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An ad paid for by former Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s gun control Super PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, aired for the first time Tuesday night before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
The advertisement features Giffords, the former Arizona Congresswoman who was shot in the head in 2011 during a shooting in Tucson.
The 30-second ad includes photos from Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, Oak Creek and several other cities that have recently experienced gun violence.
Giffords narrates the spot, saying, “We have a problem, where we shop, where we pray, where our children go to school. But there are solutions we can agree on — even gun owners like us. Take it from me. Congress must act. Let's get this done."
Giffords founded Americans for Responsible Solutions with her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, in order to ensure tougher gun control laws.
Gun control was an emotional part of Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. The president stated, “Gabbie Giffords deserves a vote” regarding the issue. Giffords could be seen in the audience struggling to applaud due to her injury.
According to The New York Times, a bipartisan group of senators is concluding a deal to expand background checks for people who purchase firearms through gun shows and other private sales.
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