Gabby Giffords Pushes Gun Background Checks for State of the Union

New ad asks, 'what is Congress afraid of?'

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Former Rep. Gabby Giffords is renewing her call for Washington to enact universal gun background checks in a new ad ahead of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

“What is Congress afraid of?” Giffords, the Arizona Democrat who survived a shooting in Tuscon in 2011, says in the ad.


“Congress is afraid of the gun lobby,” Giffords says. “Tell Washington it’s too dangerous to wait.”

The is set to run on on CNN and MSNBC before and after Obama’s speech, the Associated Press reports. A bill expanding background checks failed to advance in the Senate last year, even in the wake of the massacre of 20 children in a school shooting in Connecticut in late 2012. The ad is paid for by Americans For Responsible Solutions, the super PAC founded by Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly.