Patricia Maisch was one of the bystanders in attendance the day Jared Loughner opened fire on Gabby Giffords and her constituents meeting at the Congress on Your Corner event two years ago, and was one of among those who disarmed Loughner. In the time since, she's been a strong advocate for gun control and has since testified in front of Congress on the matter.
This week, she was contacted by The Guardian (U.K.), for her opinion of the Executive Actions enumerated by President Obama on Wednesday.
From The Guardian:
Maisch has grown increasingly angry over the past two years as calls for tougher gun controls have been systematically stymied by the gun lobby. On Wednesday, having listened to President Obama vow to introduce real change, she has an uncompromising message for that gun lobby, and for the members of Congress who she believes are held in its sway.
"The NRA, the gun manufacturers, and most legislators are saturated in the blood of innocent children. It's unforgivable that they have refused to take action," she said.
Maisch said she was greatly heartened by measures outlined by Obama that would help prevent guns falling into the hands of mentally unstable people. Jared Lee Loughner, who is serving life in prison with no chance of parole for the Tucson killings, had been suspended from college for bizarre and erratic behaviour and was deemed unfit for military service but was still able to buy a 9mm Glock pistol at a gun store.
For more, check out guardian.co.uk.