CREATED Mar. 28, 2013
Reporter: Justin Schecker
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Despite a $12 million ads campaign with commercials airing here in Arizona, gun control advocates -- including some Jan. 8 survivors -- have not made much progress with some lawmakers.
Today, they're joining the mayors of Tucson and the city of South Tucson for a national day to demand action.
These gun control advocates are asking Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake to vote for gun control laws that would require universal background checks for all gun buyers. They're launching their petition drive today at 11 a.m. at the South Tucson City Hall.
Today's national day to demand action comes a day after the Pima County Sheriff's Department released nearly 3,000 pages on the Jan. 8 shootings investigation.
Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords said Jared Loughner, who she calls mentally disturbed, should have never had access to a firearm.
"No one piece of legislation will end all gun violence, just like no one piece of legislation would have prevented the Tucson shooting," Giffords said in a statement released on the Americans for Responsible Solutions Facebook page. "However, I hope that common sense policies like universal background checks become part of our history, just like the Tucson shootings are -- our communities will be safer because of it."
In the Jan. 8 investigation report, George Kuck, an acquaintance of Loughner, told deputies Loughner had been on "a downhill slope since high school."
Kuck added Loughner's personality was "not normal" and he described him as someone who "believed the government was corrupt."
The comprehensive reports show Loughner's father Randy was so worried about his son he would disable the family's cars every night. Strangely enough, he did not do so the night before the shootings.