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Giffords ‘furious’ about Senate gun control votes

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says she’s “furious” after senators on Wednesday blocked legislation that would expand background checks for gun buyers.

Giffords is accusing senators who opposed new gun regulations of “cowardice,” saying their decisions are “based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association.”

The former Arizona congresswoman’s remarks were published on The New York Times’ op-ed page Wednesday. She has become a vocal gun control supporter since she was shot in the head at a rally near Tucson two years ago.

The proposal to expand background checks fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance in the Senate. An attempt to ban assault-style rifles failed as well, along with a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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  1. We’re also furious about Senate’s veto. Will certainly know who to campaign against and will. The excuse given by some Senators, that they were listening to their constituents, is not credible. We’ve written, faxed and called over the years and never heard from any of them other than a stock letter that doesn’t address our issue. Oh, I forgot, they contact me when they want money.

  2. p.s. We’ve been part of campaigns to successfully get the bad guys out of office. And will continue to work even harder.

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