December 14, 2013

Americans for Responsible Solutions, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' super PAC the above ad on Friday timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Titled "Silent Night," the ad is set to a somber instrumental of the classic Christmas song. It features a brief montage of pictures showing the mourning that followed last year's elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 children and six adults dead. At the end, the commercial flashes a message: "30,000 die each year from gun violence. How long do we have to wait for Congress to act?"

Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, released a statement to accompany the ad:

"In the weeks after Newtown, we heard politician after politician give eloquent speeches -- promising that they would keep our communities safe. They promised that they would honor the dead in Newtown."

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"The Senate, it seemed, was in the grip of the gun lobby. Gabby and I were disappointed, but we were not defeated. The fight is not over. And America will not forget Sandy Hook."

Giffords herself was a victim of gun violence in 2011, when a man opened fire in Tucson, Arizona, at a shopping mall during her an open meeting with her constituents. At least 18 people were shot in the melee and six of them died, including John M. Roll, the chief U.S. District judge in Arizona, and Gabe Zimmerman, Giffords's local director of community outreach. Also killed was Christina Taylor Green, 9, who was born on Sept. 11, 2001, and had gone to the event with a neighbor. Two other Giffords staffers, district director Ron Barber and community outreach aide Pam Simon, were wounded.

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