Former US representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly delivered a powerful speech on Monday following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas. Kelly and Giffords, herself a shooting victim, had strong words for the Trump administration. Following is a transcript of the video.
Mark Kelly: Your thoughts and prayers aren’t going to stop the next shooting. Only action and leadership will do that.
We, you, must demand leadership. We need a president who recognises that we have a gun violence problem, and will work toward solutions. Americans need more than our president’s prayers. We need his plans.
Pass universal background checks to make sure everyone gets a background check before they obtain a gun. The studies are clear. Where these laws are passed, fewer people get shot. Where they have been repealed, murder and violence has increased. Subject the sale of the most lethal weapons to stronger oversight and regulation.
You can buy an AR-15 in a parking lot with no background check at all. That’s crazy.
Well, I’m a gun owner, Gabby’s a gun owner. I’m a supporter of the Second Amendment. However, we can respect the Second Amendment and the rights of responsible gun owners, and at the same time, we can keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers, potential mass shooters, and idiots.
Gabrielle Giffords: The nation’s counting on you.