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January 08, 2013

Gabrielle Giffords Could Lead Gun-Control Fundraising Push

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded in a mass shooting two years, appears set to lead a new outreach effort on gun control that could include a fundraising campaign, says The Wall Street Journal.

ABC News said in a news release that Ms. Giffords and her husband, ex-astronaut Mark Kelly, would discuss "an important new initiative" in an interview with anchor Diane Sawyer Tuesday night. The network did not elaborate, but the Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter, said Mr. Kelly has been telling associates the couple is mulling a fund drive and a call for specific restrictions on high-capacity weapons.

Ms. Giffords, an Arizona Democratic, was shot in the head during the Jan. 8, 2011, attack outside a Tucson grocery store that killed six people and wounded 18 and retired from Congress to focus on her recovery. Since then she and her husband have called in general terms for tighter gun laws, and they recently met with gun-control advocates and the families of victims in last month's Newtown, Conn., shooting.