Giffords Gun Control Group Takes Aim at Florida Gov. Rick Scott With Six-Figure Ad

Posted: Feb 20, 2018 11:00 PM

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' (D-AZ) gun control group, Giffords, released a new video targeting Florida Gov. Rick Scott. 

Here's what the video said:

Orlando. Ft. Lauderdale. Parkland. 

We need to stop dangerous people from getting guns. 

But Gov. Rick Scott made it illegal for a doctor to ask a patient if they owned a gun, even a mental health professional.

This law was so dangerous that a court had to strike it down. 

Gov. Scott, we need more than your thoughts and prayers. Stop putting the gun lobby ahead of our safety. 

According to a press release, the Giffords group will spend six figures to air the ad, which hit TV screens throughout Florida on Tuesday.

Giffords Executive Director Peter Ambler explained why this ad is important for gun control advocates across the nation, but especially in the Sunshine State:

The tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida has sparked grassroots outrage across the state and country. People are angry that time after time, politicians have chosen gun lobby contributions over public safety. They’ve offered 'thoughts and prayers,' but refused to take action to stop the shootings. Nowhere is this problem thrown into sharper relief than in Florida, where Governor Rick Scott has complied with the gun lobby’s every wish, speaking at the NRA convention and even signing legislation that prevented doctors and mental health professionals from addressing threats relating to firearms with their patients. In the aftermath of Orlando and now Parkland, he’s done nothing to protect his fellow citizens. We’re educating Florida voters about the governor’s tragic record on gun safety and sending a message to all who seek public office: Enough! Voters are going to be examining politicians records on gun safety very closely this year, and we’re ready to help them make informed decisions.