Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Artist Bonnie Lautenberg Uses Art against Gun Violence

by | Apr 17, 2023

Bonnie Lautenberg against gun violence

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Bonnie Lautenberg join forces to prevent gun violence.  Lautenberg’s exhibit is happening when legislation is currently being proposed in Florida that would allow people without any permits or training to carry concealed firearms.

People who have never passed a background check or fired a gun in their lives will be allowed to carry  concealed guns in public. Similar laws in other states have led to dangerous increases in gun homicides.

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords

People who want to obtain a concealed carry permit in Florida must pass a background check, complete firearm safety training, and meet heightened eligibility standards. These provisions help ensure people with a history of violent behavior cannot carry firearms in public places.

Between July of 2021 and June of 2022, more than 7,600 residents with a disqualifying history were prevented from acquiring concealed carry permits for these same reasons. This new permitless carry legislation would strip these important provisions.

Bonnie Lautenberg

“I created this artwork, especially for Gabby Giffords,” says Bonnie Lautenberg. “I added tears streaming down the face of the Statue of Liberty, the two simple words ‘Guns Kill’ on her crown, and locations of mass shootings written across Lady Liberty’s arm.”

“It saddens me deeply that the list of so many places keeps growing where Americans continue to lose loved ones to gun violence,” adds Lautenberg.

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