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Giffords 'furious' about Senate gun control votes

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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says she's "furious" after senators on Wednesday blocked legislation that would expand background checks for gun buyers.

Giffords is accusing senators who opposed new gun regulations of "cowardice," saying their decisions are "based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association."

The former Arizona congresswoman's remarks were published on The New York Times' op-ed page Wednesday.

She wrote in part:

Speaking is difficult for me, but my feelings are clear: I'm furious.  I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done..Mark my words: If we cannot make our communities safer with the Congress we have now, we will use every means available to make sure we have a different Congress.

The anti-gun violence group Giffords and her husband helped found has announced they will begin running ads supporting senators who voted for the bill -- and also plan to run ads against the senators who blocked it.

She has become a vocal gun control supporter since she was shot in the head at a rally near Tucson two years ago.

The proposal to expand background checks fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance in the Senate. An attempt to ban assault-style rifles failed as well, along with a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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