Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' gun control group, Giffords, has identified six high-profile Republican members of Congress that they're aiming to unseat during the 2018 midterm elections, the Associated Press Reported.
“A big part of our political program is going to be lifting these voices up and making sure voters are hearing directly from students who are literally protesting for their own lives,” Peter Ambler, Giffords executive director, told the Associated Press. “Our responsibility as an organization dedicated to safer gun laws is to take this extraordinary amount of grassroots enthusiasm you see around the country, this outrage and anger in the aftermath of Parkland shooting, and channel it toward 2018.”
Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, have been longtime proponents of gun control. In the coming weeks, they will travel to each of the targeted districts to campaign against the Republicans they're hoping to unseat.
“Across this country, we will spend every day until the polls close reminding Americans of the power they have — the power to vote,” Former Congresswoman Giffords said in a statement.
The gun control group also plans have television and online advertising, a number of local events, and voter registration drives.
Who's In The Hot Seat?
6. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)
Sen. Dean Heller is the only senator on the gun control group's list. The Las Vegas massacre took place in his state, which resulted in the death of 58 people. More than 800 were injured.
5. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)
Rep. Mike Coffman's district is close to the site of three mass shootings: Columbine, Aurora and Littleton.
4. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
Rep. Vern Buchanan's district includes Parkland, Florida where the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took place.
3. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
Rep. Pete Sessions is one of the top recipients of campaign contributions from pro-gun organizations.
2. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA)
Rep. Barbara Comstock represents a suburb of Virginia that is home to the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters.
1. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Speaker Paul Ryan is the House of Representatives' top Republican. He sets the agenda for the House, which is why Giffords wants him gone.