SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - "Fight, fight, fight! Be bold! Be courageous! The nation is counting on you!" Gabrielle Giffords had not been at public gun show since what happened to her in 2011: an attempted assassination during a speech in her home district in Arizona.
Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman, and was left with permanent brain damage and partial paralysis. That didn't stop her from attending a gun show Sunday in Saratoga Springs, where she found herself surrounded by firearms.
"She's on a mission to make sure that we save some people's lives." Husband Mark Kelly said Giffords has spoken with gun dealers and gun owners, all of whom support her message: that America needs better background checks for gun sales.
"This is something that's supported by almost all Americans. Above 90%," Kelly added.
New York is a model for their plan, mandating the stricter background checks at all gun shows in the state.
But some don't appreciate the sentiment. A group of protesters outside the event said Giffords and Kelly have a much larger agenda.
Jake Palmateer of the NY2A Grassroots Coalition said "Mark Kelly is starting a political campaign to gut the 2nd Amendment. And this is one of his first stops on that campaign."
Kelly and Giffords insist, they're proud gun owners...who simply don't want to see guns end up in the wrong hands.
"Now is the time to come together. Be responsible," Giffords said.