(WASHINGTON) — Mark Kelly expressed anger shared by he and his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, after the Senate failed to pass the Manchin-Toomey gun background check deal on Wednesday.
“Gabby is angry today, and she’s horrified by the decision of a minority of her former colleagues to block progress on this measure,” Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, said on Thursday.
Kelly added, “Along with so many parents from Newtown, so many of our former neighbors in Tucson, who were here in Washington this week, Gabby’s disappointed, and she’s angry, and so am I, but neither of us are deterred.”
Kelly echoed the claim Giffords had made in a New York Times op-ed on Wednesday, accusing some senators of “cowardice” and claiming they voted against the background check proposal “out of fear.”
Americans for Responsible Solutions, a group run by Kelly and Giffords, is reportedly preparing to release advertisements thanking the senators who voted in favor of the legislation on Wednesday, naming Republican senators Susan Collins and John McCain, among others.
Giffords’ op-ed was published on Wednesday and accused the Senate of being afraid of the National Rifle Association and the gun lobby, echoing President Barack Obama’s frustration.
She derided Senators who may refer to the proposal as a “tough vote” or a “complicated issue,” adamant that Wednesday’s vote was neither.
“Mark my words: if we cannot make our communities safer with the Congress we have now, we will use every means available to make sure we have a different Congress,” Giffords said. “To do nothing while others are in danger is not the American way.”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN