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"This country is known for using its determination and ingenuity to solve problems, big and small," Giffords and Kelly wrote. "But when it comes to protecting our communities from gun violence, we’re not even trying — and for the worst of reasons."
As a U.S. House member, Giffords was a centrist Democrat who supported gun rights and owned a Glock pistol. Giffords and Kelly said they still own two guns that are locked in a safe at their house.
Associated Press writers Michael Melia in Hartford, Conn., and Bob Christie in Phoenix contributed to this report.
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