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Giffords, Kelly respond to NRA gun proposal

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Mark Kelly & Gabrielle Giffords last year, upon Kelly's retirement from the Navy Mark Kelly & Gabrielle Giffords last year, upon Kelly's retirement from the Navy

TUCSON (Tucson News Now) - The husband of recovering former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is dismissing a proposal from the National Rifle Association to put armed officers in schools to protect students.

"Gabby and I are extremely disappointed by the NRA's defiant and delayed response to the massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School," Mark Kelly writes on his Facebook page.  "The NRA could have chosen to be a voice for the vast majority of its own members who want common sense, reasonable safeguards on deadly firearms, but instead it chose to defend extreme pro-gun positions that aren't even popular among the law abiding gun owners it represents."

Giffords is healing from a gunshot wound to the head she suffered on January 8, 2011 from a shooting outburst during a "Congress On Your Corner" event in Tucson.  Six others were killed.

Kelly adds, "Today, the NRA chose narrow partisan concerns over the safety of our families and communities. The time for this kind of extreme rhetoric is over. We must have a real conversation about preventing gun violence, because when it comes to protecting our children, families, and neighbors, we can't wait any longer."

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