Universal Background Checks Would Have Prevented the Odessa Shooting

This past Saturday, a gunman who had previously failed a background check used an AR-style rifle to murder seven people and injure at least 22 in Odessa and Midland, Texas. Despite the fact that the shooter failed a background check in 2014 for mental health reasons, loopholes in our federal laws allowed him to obtain an AR-style weapon from an unlicensed seller who wasn’t required to run a background check.

The Odessa Shooter Shouldn’t Have Been Able to Buy a Gun

The gunman’s murde...

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MEMO: H.R. 8 Would Have Prevented the Mass Shooting in Odessa and Midland

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MEMORANDUM TO Interested Parties FROM Giffords DATE September 4, 2019 RE H.R. 8 Would Have Prevented the Mass Shooting in Odessa & Midland

On Saturday, August 31, a gunman opened fire on multiple locations in Odessa and Midland, Texas, killing seven and injuring at least 22. Just four weeks prior, Texas was the home to another horrific mass shooting in El Paso, whe...

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STATEMENT: Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Applauds Walmart for Taking Action to Improve Gun Safety

Washington, DC — Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, applauded Walmart after news broke that America’s largest retailer would modify its policies for selling firearms. Going forward, the company will stop selling certain types of ammunition used in recent mass shootings and ban open carry in all of its stores. In addition, Walmart announced it would send a letter to the White House an...

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Statement from Texas Gun Owners for Safety After the Latest Shooting in Texas

Washington, DC — Seven people are dead and 22 injured after a shooting that spanned multiple locations in Midland and Odessa. The shooting occurred just four weeks after a gunman killed 22 people in a mass shooting in El Paso.

Statements from members of Texas Gun Owners for Safety:

“Twelve days ago a group of Texas Gun Owners for Safety gathered with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in Austin to address our co...

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Gabrielle Giffords Statement on the Shooting in Texas 

Washington, DC — Five people are dead and 21 injured after a shooting that spanned multiple locations in Midland and Odessa. The shooting occurred just four weeks after a gunman killed 22 people in a mass shooting in El Paso. 

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords issued the following statement: 

“Our nation is devastated that these tragedies keep happening. Too many communities are suffering. Too many lives will never be the same. We must end this horror. I’m...

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Countdown to 2020: Beto O’Rourke on Gun Safety

In 2018, voters elected a wave of candidates who prioritized gun safety like never before. No longer a third rail of politics, gun violence prevention is now a top issue heading into the 2020 presidential election. In this regular series, we delve into the gun safety platforms of Democratic presidential candidates who have released initial policy plans to address this issue. While not an endorsement of any candidate or their platform, each post looks at a candidate’s record, explains t...

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Extreme Risk Protection Orders Work

Extreme risk protection orders are a lifesaving tool that can prevent gun tragedies before they occur.

From mass shootings to suicides, people who use guns to harm themselves or others often show warning signs.

Extreme risk protection order (ERPO) laws—also called “red flag laws,” gun violence restraining orders, or lethal violence protection orders—are a legal tool to respond to those warning signs and intervene. They give law enforcement, family members, and in some cases, certain...

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Coloradans Demand Action on Gun Safety

While students head back to active shooter drills, the Senate is still on vacation.

Voters in Colorado have had enough. Last night, Gabby Giffords teamed up with Representatives Jason Crow, Joe Neguse, and Ed Perlmutter, as well as March For Our Lives Colorado and Colorado Ceasefire, to host a town hall demanding the US Senate take action on background checks.

There was a lot of courage in this room tonight. It’s unfortunate @SenCoryGardner isn’t her...

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In Aurora, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Hosts Town Hall for Gun Safety

Members of the Colorado congressional delegation demanded the US Senate act on universal background checks

Local gun violence advocates urged federal leaders to prioritize gun safety laws

August 26, 2019 — Coming together in Aurora to demand stronger gun laws, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords, hosted a town hall with Representatives Jason Crow, Joe Neguse, and Ed Perl...

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In El Paso, Latinos and Allies Rise Up to Stand Against Hate

We’re refusing to let hatred have the final word.

In response to the horrific mass shooting earlier this month that claimed 22 lives in El Paso, Giffords and the Latino Victory project teamed up to host ¡YA BASTA! Latinos Rise Against Gun Violence and Hate — a tour with stops in El Paso, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

The tour kicked off on Thursday night in El Paso, where former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords joined Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and Texas State Representati...

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