Americans for Responsible Solutions, a new gun control group led by Gabby Giffords, the former U.S. congresswoman who was wounded in Jared Loughner’s Tucson shooting rampage, wants to raise $20 million for the 2014 congressional elections. The group wants to match the National Rifle Association’s spending in last November’s elections, the group’s treasurer, Steve Mostyn, said on Wednesday.
The move marks the entry of the high-profile couple, both gun owners, into a heated national debate over gun control fueled by the massacre of 20 children and six teachers at a Connecticut elementary school last month.
“We’re just getting things started, but I’ve had conversations with a dozen other large political donors who have worked with me on other issues in the past, and I’ve had a good response,” Mostyn told Reuters.
Even if the group manages to meet its funding targets, it and other similar groups face a steep battle to change U.S. gun laws. The U.S. House of Representatives has a pro-gun rights majority and it’s too early to know if the outcry after the Connecticut shooting will lead to a shift in how they vote.