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Giffords’ group applauds Republican pushing for gun control

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., listens during a news conference Feb. 10, 2014, at a Fraternal Order of Police lodge in Philadelphia.  Photo by Matt Rourke/AP

In its fourth advertisement released this week, a pro-gun control group applauded a Republican congressman’s efforts to reduce gun violence.

Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was critically wounded in a shooting outside of a supermarket in 2011, is urging Pennsylvanians to vote for GOP Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick in November’s election.

As the narrator explains in the 30-second spot, “Not Afraid to Lead,” the incumbent congressman has attempted to encourage his colleagues — both Republicans and Democrats — in Washington to pass stricter gun control measures. Last year, Fitzpatrick co-sponsored a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases online and at gun shows. He also wants to strengthen reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

“Commonsense — that’s never been more important,” the narrator says in the ad. “We can get it right. It just takes a leader like Mike Fitzpatrick.” The narrator explains that Fitzpatrick has attempted to keep guns out of the hands of stalkers, domestic abusers and other individuals who pose a threat to public safety.

via Giffords’ group applauds Republican pushing for gun control | MSNBC.

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