By John Powers | Photographed by Norman Jean Roy | Vogue
When Gabrielle Giffords heard about the shooting of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last December, she decided enough was enough.
Like everyone else that day, she knew that gun violence is a national epidemic—the Sandy Hook massacre came in the wake of the theater killings in Aurora, Colorado, five months earlier (not to mention fourteen other mass shootings last year alone). But unlike most of us, Giffords knew firsthand how guns can change your whole life in an instant. Her authority was born of cruel experience. She and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, concluded they could no longer delay confronting the issue. “We realized,” he tells me, “that now is the time. We have to do something.”
The interview with Gabby Giffords and husband Mark Kelly appears in the March issue of Vogue.