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Shot ex-congresswoman takes on US gun lobby

Published on Jan 9, 2013 6:05 AM
Photo dated May 24, 2012 shows former US Representative Gabrielle Giffords accepting her award during the Intrepid Museum's 21st annual "Salute to Freedom" dinner in New York. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former US congresswoman and gun violence survivor Gabrielle Giffords put the National Rifle Association squarely in her sights Tuesday as she unveiled a major initiative for tougher gun laws.

Ms Giffords, shot in the head in January 2011 while meeting constituents in her native Arizona, announced she was forming her own lobby group after a visit to Newtown, Connecticut where 20 children died in a Dec 14 mass shooting.

"We can't just hope that the last shooting tragedy will prevent the next," Giffords said, in an op-ed article in the USA Today newspaper co-signed by her astronaut husband Mark Kelly.

"Achieving reforms to reduce gun violence and prevent mass shootings will mean matching gun lobbyists in their reach and resources," she said, referring specifically to the influential NRA.

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