Democrat Gabrielle Gifford is a former Arizona representative who’s gone through six elections in her state, so she knows exactly what she’s putting her fellow politicians through this midterm cycle. Glifford and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, are using their co-founded super PAC Americans for Responsible Solutions to put pressure on Congress members facing an election this term.
The group is pouring millions into select races in the House of Representatives and Senate to aid a total of 11 candidates and possibly more who are in favor of greater gun control legislation. If only because more anti-gun control proponents lean right, Gifford and Kerry’s efforts lean more to the left. However, that doesn’t mean they’re supporting only Democrats. The group is also backing GOP members up for reelection in two states, as well. Gifford was shot in the head in Tuscon, Arizona, in 2011, and has since become one of the big names behind gun-control efforts.
The group will back Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), who voted alongside other Democrats to ban high-capacity magazines, voted against a reduction in waiting periods for guns, and voted against a law that would prevent gun makers and sellers from being sued for their products. He and his opposition, Rep. Cory Gardner (R), were fairly evenly matched as of April, making Colorado a race that could swing one way or the other given the right pressure. While Udall received an F from the National Rifle Association in terms of gun rights, Gardner received an A+.