Before the Veterans Day holiday, the gun-control group Americans for Responsible Solutions -- co-founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband Capt. Mark Kelly -- announced the startup of a sister organization, Veterans for Responsible Solutions.
“The perspective of our nation’s service members and veterans is critical to the debate on how we reduce gun violence,” Kelly said in a conference call on Friday. “Veterans are considered some of our nation’s most foremost experts on the responsible use of firearms.”
Kelly said more than 100 former members of the military will advocate on behalf of the organization in various ways, from walking the halls of Congress to penning op-eds.
Americans for Responsible Solutions formed in January following the Newtown shooting in Connecticut, and it aired its first TV ad in February. But in April, a Senate filibuster blocked an effort to strengthen criminal background checks for gun purchases -- backed by the super PAC.
Following the vote, Kelly vowed to try and replace members of the Senate who failed to back the measures. Through the end of June, the group had raised $6.5 million.