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Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly Haven't Lost Their Love for Guns

by Shawn M. Griffiths, published

In an interview with CNN's Dana Bash, former Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly discussed their positions on gun policy, including an expansion on background checks, which is currently being considered in the U.S. Senate. In the ongoing debate over guns in America, Giffords and Kelley have emerged as leading advocates for additional gun control measures.

Gabby Giffords has not fully recovered from a gun shot wound that nearly claimed her life in 2011. While brain injuries have made speaking difficult for her, it has not stopped Giffords from making her voice heard on Capitol Hill.

What many will likely find interesting is that while Giffords has expressed support for measures like universal background checks and restrictions on magazine capacity, she is still a gun enthusiast. She enjoys the same activities many within the "gun culture" do and likes to watch her husband shoot targets (pots and water bottles) at her mother's house in the Arizona desert.

The aspect of this story that is receiving the most reaction online is the type of gun Mark Kelly uses for target practice. CNN footage shows Kelly using a Glock 19 9mm pistol, the same gun model used in the attack on Giffords and a crowd of constituents more than two years ago.

When asked about the gun, Kelly explained the differences between the Glock he used, which he gave to his wife as a gift years ago, and the gun used by the shooter.

"In that case, it had a magazine that held 33 rounds," Kelly told Dana Bash. "This, when it's full, holds 17."

He added, "He [Jared Loughner] shot 33 rounds. Every round hit someone."

Both Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly believe that they have more credibility in the gun policy debate because they understand the "gun culture." They hope the Senate will move forward with a bill to expand background checks to private gun transfers later this week.

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