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Kelly, Giffords lobby in Alaska for gun control

Published July 2, 2013 8:51 pm

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Anchorage, Alaska • Background checks on people who want to buy firearms at gun shows wouldn't prevent all of the nearly three dozen murders a day in America or the 10 mass shootings a year, the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Tuesday.

Some of those tragedies, however, would be stopped, Mark Kelly told reporters.

"We'll prevent some of them if we take some reasonable steps that most Americans agree on," Kelly said.

Giffords, a former Arizona congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt on Jan. 8, 2011, and Kelly, an astronaut who flew four space shuttle missions, traveled to Alaska, the heart of gun-rights country, to make a case for expanding background checks.