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For­mer con­gress­woman vis­its SCV

Ari­zona’s Gabrielle Gif­fords gives speech at Katie Hill’s HQ sev­eral weeks be­fore Nov. 6 mid-term elec­tion

- By Ryan Mancini Sig­nal Staff Writer rmancini@sig­nalscv.com Gun Control · Social Issues · Society · Sons of Confederate Veterans · Arizona · Tucson · United States of America · Everytown for Gun Safety · California · University of California, Santa Barbara · Southern California · Harley-Davidson · Congress of the United States · Gabrielle Giffords · Stevenson Ranch, CA · Mark E. Kelly · Brady Campaign · Irvine · Mike Levin

Vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers of con­gres­sional can­di­date Katie Hill wel­comed for­mer Ari­zona con­gress­woman Gabrielle Gif­fords dur­ing a pre-can­vass­ing rally at Hill’s head­quar­ters in Stevenson Ranch on Sun­day.

“We have been fol­low­ing it closely,” said Mark Kelly, Gif­fords’ hus­band, about Hill’s cam­paign.

While rep­re­sent­ing Ari­zona’s 8th Dis­trict, Gif­fords was one of sev­eral vic­tims of a mass shoot­ing near Tuc­son in Jan­uary 2011. Gif­fords sur­vived a bul­let in­jury to the head. Since then, she and her hus­band have been strong ad­vo­cates for gun con­trol and gun safety in the United States.

Gif­fords ar­rived to speak be­fore a can­vas kick­off sev­eral weeks be­fore the Nov. 6 midterm elec­tion.

“I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate her sup­port,” said Hill, who was un­able to at­tend the can­vass kick­off. “She’s very re­silient — she’s what makes our coun­try great.”

Talk­ing about Gif­fords, Hill said they shared sim­i­lar views on gun pol­icy as gun own­ers, in­clud­ing univer­sal back­ground checks for prospec­tive gun own­ers, gun safety, gun con­trol and stop­ping peo­ple un­der 21 from buy­ing firearms.

Gif­fords was joined by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Brady Cam­paign, Moms De­mand Ac­tion and Stu­dents De­mand Ac­tion. She spoke to can­vassers about stop­ping gun vi­o­lence to make sure they go to the polls.

“These are scary times,” Gif­fords said. “Racism, sex­ism, lies and vi­o­lence. It’s time to stand up for what’s right. It’s time. We must stop gun vi­o­lence.”

Gif­fords and Kelly also stopped for a #VoteSaveLi­ves rally at Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Irvine, on Satur­day. They have made their trip through South­ern Cal­i­for­nia to voice their sup­port for other Demo­cratic con­gres­sional can­di­dates in the re­gion, in­clud­ing Gil Cis­neros, Kaily Porter, Har­ley Rouda and Mike Levin.

“It’s in­ter­est­ing in a state as big as Cal­i­for­nia, that’s a pretty small piece of ge­og­ra­phy that’s go­ing to have a big im­pact on how con­trol of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives turns out here for the next ses­sion in Jan­uary,” Kelly said.

 ?? Courtesy photo ?? Gabrielle Gif­fords, third from the left, takes a pic­ture while speak­ing to Katie Hill’s sup­port­ers at her Stevenson Ranch head­quar­ters. Gif­fords is a for­mer con­gress­woman from Ari­zona.
Courtesy photo Gabrielle Gif­fords, third from the left, takes a pic­ture while speak­ing to Katie Hill’s sup­port­ers at her Stevenson Ranch head­quar­ters. Gif­fords is a for­mer con­gress­woman from Ari­zona.

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