Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Breaking News

Gabby Giffords Backs Hillary Clinton — Cites Record on Gun Control

Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot and wounded in a 2011 shooting rampage, has endorsed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary fight, citing rival Bernie Sanders’s soft record on gun control.

Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, said in a statement to CNN that Hillary Clinton is “the candidate for president that has the determination and toughness to stand up to the corporate gun lobby — and the record to prove it.”

Giffords takes a tough stance on gun control due to severe brain injuries from a would-be assassin in 2011. She suffered a gunshot wound to the head during a public speaking engagement with constituents, and her injuries eventually led to her resignation. Giffords and Kelly are public advocates for gun control and have a political action committee called Americans for Responsible Solutions.

This announcement comes after Giffords’ front-row presence at Obama’s tearful speech detailing his plan for executive actions to curb gun violence. Obama’s plan includes expanding background checks on gun purchasers. He also wrote in an Op-Ed in the New York Times that he would not endorse Democratic candidates who do not support strong gun measures. Some believe this is directed at Sanders.

Clinton’s campaign is highlighting Sanders weakness in the area, and painting Clinton as a stronger advocate of gun control measures. Sanders drew negative publicity in the first Democratic debate when he defended his stance by repeatedly pointing out that he comes from a “rural” state where gun-rights sentiment is strong.

Sanders supported a 2005 NRA-supported bill that protected gun-manufacturing companies from liability over deaths from their products. Clinton voted against the bill.

According to a Marist/WSJ/NBC poll, Clinton is only three percentage points ahead of Sanders in the Iowa polls, making this a tight race for the first Democratic contest set for February 1.

A message from our editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren

We're building on 127 years of independent journalism to help you develop deeper connections to what it means to be Jewish today.

With so much at stake for the Jewish people right now — war, rising antisemitism, a high-stakes U.S. presidential election — American Jews depend on the Forward's perspective, integrity and courage.

—  Jodi Rudoren, Editor-in-Chief 

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.