On Tuesday in Portland, Maine, pro-gun control advocate and former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords launched her 9-state ‘Protect All Women’ tour aimed at making it more difficult for domestic abusers to obtain firearms.
“We can lead the way,” Giffords said during the event. “We stand for common sense. We stand for responsibility. We can change our laws. We can win elections. Please join your voice with mine.”
Since federal law already prohibits convicted domestic abusers from possessing firearms it’s not exactly clear what Giffords is hoping to achieve with this campaign, but Portland Police Chief Mike Sauschuck stands behind the approach she and her organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, is taking.
“The only way to get this conversation started, to get your foot in the door … is with the domestic violence approach,” Sauschuck told The Associated Press. “Because it’s that important and politicians are that scared of it. Because they should be.”
In addition to Maine, Giffords will be making the rounds at New Hampshire, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon and Washington state.
It’ll be interesting to see what, if anything, Giffords accomplishes with the ‘Protect All Women’ campaign.