Campaign Pushes for Ban on Dangerous Assault Clips Like the One Used in the Giffords Shooting

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has launched an effort to get assault clips, like the one used by Jared Lee Loughner in the January shooting spree that killed 6 people and injured 13, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. According to the campaign, assault clips have "one purpose only – to kill a lot of people in a short amount of time."

As part of the effort, the Brady Campaign has issued a new 30-second national cable TV ad highlighting the dangers of assault clips, which allow shooters to fire off 32 shots in a mere 16 seconds:

There was also an event at Capitol Hill today to promote anti-assault clip legislation, featuring the legilsation's sponsors, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), and Kelly O'Brien, the fiancee of Gabe Zimmerman, a Giffords staffer who was fatally shot at the January 8 shooting.

Sign the petition urging President Obama to sign the legislation banning assault clips.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at April 12, 2011, 7:56am

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