“Senators say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets,” she wrote. “The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them.”
Giffords went on to say that the senators who voted against the legislation yesterday did so out of “political fear” and “on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association (NRA).” Founded in 1871, the gun rights organization promotes and encourages rifle shooting and, according to Giffords spent around $25 million on contributions, lobbying and outside spending in the last election cycle.
In her piece, Giffords also said she “will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done, and until we have changed our laws so we can look parents in the face and say: We are trying to keep your children safe.”