Gabrielle Giffords urges a push for 'courage' in NH visit
Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly take questions at a press conference at the Millyard Museum in Manchester on Friday afternoon. The two are making a swing through New Hampshire to promote their Americans for Responsible Solutions organization. (Bruce Preston / Union Leader)
"Stopping gun violence takes courage, the courage to do what's right, the courage of new ideas," Giffords, a former Arizona congresswoman shot in the head in 2011, said during a news conference at the Millyard Museum.
He said after the event that the association's board voted last week to support Giffords' organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions.
According to Ayotte spokesman Jeff Grappone, "Senator Ayotte had prior family plans, so she called Mark Kelly last week to talk."
"I'd like to tell her to go home," said Dennis Hamel of Henniker. His sign read: "Register Lunatics, Not Guns."
Another protestor, Adam Orcutt of Concord, came with a handgun strapped to his hip and an AR-15 rifle slung over his shoulder. He also held a "Don't Tread on Me" flag.
"The type of background checks she wants requires registration," he said. "There's only two reasons for registration: to tax and take."
Kelly said the Senate bill expressly forbid setting up a registry.
"We also know, all of us who are gun owners here, that expanding background checks doesn't limit our rights to own guns or use guns," Barry said.
"We must never stop fighting. Fight. Fight. Fight. Be bold. Be courageous," she said. "The nation is counting on you."
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