Nine-year-old Christina-Taylor Green’s mother urges Obama and others to ‘stand up to the gun lobby’ in wake of mass shooting
By Tom McCarthy
Green’s video was released through Michael Bloomberg’s Demand A Plan initiative.The mother of the youngest victim of the shooting rampage two years ago in Tucson, Arizona, has joined a growing effort to erect new protections against gun violence.Roxanna Green, whose nine-year-old daughter, Christina-Taylor Green, died in the attack, appears in a new web video produced by the Demand a Plan campaign, led by a coalition of 800 US mayors. In the video Green links the Tucson shooting to last month’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which killed 20 schoolchildren.
“Twenty heartbroken families lost a child in the Sandy Hook school shooting,” Green says in the video. “I know how much it hurts.”
“I have one question for our political leaders,” Green continues. “When will you find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby?”
The Tucson attack took place two years ago on Tuesday at a public event hosted by congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. On Tuesday, Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelley, announced the formation of a new group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, to combat gun violence.
Gun-control initiatives have taken on added urgency since the Newtown shooting. President Barack Obama has promised to pursue new gun laws and put vice-president Joe Biden in charge of a task force that is to recommend later this month what new legislation to pursue.
Christina-Taylor Green, who was born on 9/11, had developed an interest in politics and went to the event to meet Giffords. Christina-Taylor had just been elected to the student council at her elementary school. A memorial foundation has been established in her name.
Demand a Plan is an initiative of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization of mayors and grassroots activists co-chaired by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino. The group has produced dozens of video statements by people who have lost loved ones to gun violence.
The message of each video, Bloomberg has said, is the same: “I demand a plan. The time for talk is over. Congress and the White House has to come up with something to stop this carnage … Enough.”