Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be in New Hampshire on Wednesday for the second stop of a nine-state tour to advocate for stricter gun laws to protect women and families.
Giffords is the former Arizona congresswoman who made an inspirational recovery after being shot in the head during a 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson. She will be joined by New Hampshire women leaders, law enforcement officials and domestic violence prevention advocates for a roundtable discussion.
Among those participating will be state Reps. Katherine Rogers, Sylvia Gale and Jan Schmidt, as well as Nicole Brooks of the Nashua Police Dept., Rose-Marie Balboni, a prosecutor with the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office and Monica Zulauf, president and CEO of YWCA-New Hampshire.
The event is being sponsored by the non-profit group Giffords co-founded with her husband, Mark Kelly, American for Responsible Solutions. It will be held at the Centennial Hotel at 12 noon, according to an advisory provided to the New Hampshire Journal.
Giffords began the nationwide tour on Tuesday at the University of Southern Maine in Augusta. Following New Hampshire, the tour will move on to Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Minnesota, Iowa and Oregon.
Announcing the Wednesday event in Concord, Americans for Responsible Solutions said, “Gun violence and domestic violence are a lethal mix in the United States, and access to guns plays a central role in rates of mortality.
The group says, “Women in the U.S. are 11 times likely to be murdered with a gun than women in peer countries, and more than half of all murders of women are committed with a gun. Abused women are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if the abuser has access to a firearm. Domestic violence assaults involving a gun are 12 times more likely to result in death than those involving other weapons or bodily force.”
Giffords is no stranger to New Hampshire, having visited the state often as a guest of her friend, Democratic National Committee chair and Florida U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has a vacation home in the state.
Americans for Responsible Solutions’ executive director Pia Carusone, is a former communications director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
Earlier this year, American for Responsible Solutions promised to help reelect Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster.