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Gabby Giffords' tour to end gun violence is coming to Minnesota

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will visit Minnesota this week to speak about gun control.
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Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is touring the country to speak against gun violence and will be making a couple stops in Minnesota.

Minnetonka will be the first stop in the state for the 2016 Vocal Majority Tour, a six-week long campaign to end gun violence that will visit 14 states leading up to Election Day, the tour's website says.

Giffords famously survived a gun shot wound to the head during a mass shooting in Tucson in 2011 that killed six people and wounded 12 others. She now has a language disorder and paralysis on her right side – and has become an advocate for gun control.

Giffords will be at the Minnetonka DFL field office at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the eighth stop of the tour, a news release said.

Then she'll be heading to Apple Valley for a phone bank and news conference at the DFL office at 6 p.m.

The tour kicked off in Orlando last week where Giffords visited Pulse nightclub, the site of America's deadliest mass shooting.

Giffords will also vouch for MN candidates

Giffords will also be stumping for Minnesota candidates who support commonsense gun violence prevention laws – a "stump speech" is basically a speech that is given over and over again during a campaign.

While in Apple Valley, Giffords will be stumping for state Sen. Greg Clausen, who is running for the District 57 seat in his first re-election campaign, as well as House candidates Lindsey Port of District 56B and Erin Maye Quade, District 57A.

In Minnetonka, she will be joined by House candidates Laurie Pryor of District 48A and Ginny Klevorn, District 44A, the release says.

More about Vocal Majority and gun violence

Vocal Majority is a project by Americans for Responsible Solutions, an organization Giffords co-founded to "encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership."

About 100,000 Americans are injured and 30,000 Americans die from gun violence every year, Americans for Responsible Solutions says.

Minnesota's firearm death rate of 6.6 percent is relatively low compared to other states, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency reported 374 deaths by firearms in the state in 2014.

bill was introduced in the Minnesota State Legislature last spring that would have expanded the current system to require a criminal background check for all gun sales. No action has been taken on this bill since April.

And 82 percent of Minnesota residents – including 74 percent of the state's gun owners – support requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales, according to a recent poll from the Star Tribune.

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