Giffords, Kelly to write another book

CNN / Congresswoman Giffords Office
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 10:13am

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, recovering from a 2011 gunshot wound to the head, and her husband Mark Kelly will write a book to be issued later this year on gun rights and gun violence, their publisher, Scribner, announced Tuesday.

The book, "Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence," is set to be published in June.

Scribner also published their first book, "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope," which came out in November, 2011.

After the shooting, the couple - gun owners themselves - became major advocates for some firearm control measures such as expanding background checks for purchases. Despite heavy lobbying by both of them and creating an advocacy group called Americans for Responsible Solutions, the measure fell short of the votes need to advance in the Senate last year.

In an e-mail solicitation last week, Kelly said the group had so far raised just more than $18 million from almost 219,000 contributors (a majority of them less than $100 each) as it tries to battle the National Rifle Association.

Giffords continues to make progress from her wound with speech and walking rehabilitation, including driving for the first time this month. She posted a message Friday on her Facebook page saying "2014 will be a year of many wins for me--moments when I do something I thought I might never be able to do again." She also posted a video of her behind the wheel on a closed driving course.

"Driving at CoTA was a bit like racing my motorcycle back in Arizona--but this time, it was just me, Mark and the pavement. I feel honored to have taken this important step on one of the finest tracks in the world. And while I may not be Mario Andretti, I think I handled the road pretty well."

Last month, to help show the progress of her recovery, she skydived to mark the third anniversary of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona, which left six dead and 12 others wounded.

She also wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times marking her progress and vowed to continue her recovery and efforts at gun control.

"Our fight is a lot more like my rehab. Every day, we must wake up resolved and determined. We'll pay attention to the details; look for opportunities for progress, even when the pace is slow. Some progress may seem small, and we might wonder if the impact is enough, when the need is so urgent," she wrote.

"But every day we will recruit a few more allies, talk to a few more elected officials, convince a few more voters. Some days the steps will come easily; we'll feel the wind at our backs. Other times our knees will buckle. We'll tire of the burden. I know this feeling. But we'll persist."

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