Vice President Joe Biden, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Arizona Senator Gabrielle Giffords are on the cover of this week’s TIME Magazine stamped over as ‘The Gunfighters.’
In the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting that claimed 26 lives, politicians are under increasing pressure to take a stance regarding gun control. Biden, Bloomberg and Giffords have emerged as some of the strongest champions for stricter gun control in the US.
Vice President Biden was given orders by President Obama in the wake of Sandy Hook to head a gun control task force committee. Biden has been rallying cops, clergy, and victims of shootings among others to help stage the fight for stronger gun control.
Since the assembling of his panel, President Obama himself has dedicated himself to gun legislation reform as well, and has put forward 23 orders for stricter gun control.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a longtime supporter of stricter gun legislation, is working in conjunction with Boston mayor Thomas Merino in an initiative called the Mayors Coalition Against Illegal Guns. Mayor Bloomberg has praised New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent bids to strengthen control in NY State.
Former Arizona Senator Gabrielle Giffords was a victim of a shooting in January 2011 when she was at a Safeway supermarket in Arizona. On that day, Giffords was shot in the head but survived and is now a fighting force for gun reform in America.
Giffords’ former staffer Rep. Barber, who was also wounded in the 2011 Arizona shooting, said that Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly ‘will be making visits to members of the Congress, and will be trying to…lay out their case.’
Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly co-founded ‘Americans for Responsible Solutions,’ which encourages elected officials to ‘stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership.’
The issue of TIME is on newsstands now.