Monday, December 16, 2013

Behind the Ad: Gabby Gifford's super-PAC comes out with a new ad on Newtown anniversary

By Richard K. Barry

Who: Americans for Responsible Solutions

Where: Nationally

What's going on: On the one-year anniversary of the Newtown school shooting, former Rep. Gabrielle Gifford and her husband Mark Kelly have released a new ad through their super-PAC.

According to Huffington Post:
The ad, titled "Silent Night," 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, Conn., 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?"

It should be noted that Congress has passed no gun control laws since the Sandy Hook shooting and most lawmakers have said the tragedy has not changed their views on gun violence.

On the anniversary of Newtown, Mark Kelly issued this statement:
"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," he said. [...]

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

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