Giffords' Husband Reacts to Congressman Comment

Apr 9, 2018

The husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is speaking out against comments made by a South Carolina congressman who pulled out his own loaded handgun at a meeting with constituents, and said he was "not going to be a Gabby Giffords."

Rep. Ralph Norman
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News outlets report that Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman's comments were made Friday at a restaurant in Rock Hill where he placed his .38-caliber gun on a table.

Giffords, a Democrat, was shot and wounded outside a grocery store during a constituent gathering in 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.

In a statement, Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, called Norman an extremist who relies on intimidation tactics and perpetuates fear.

In the years since the shooting, Giffords and Kelly have advocated for gun control laws aimed at reducing gun violence.