Shooting survivor Gabby Giffords rolls out anti-gun ad attacking Florida governor

The former Congresswoman was severely injured in a mass shooting in 2011.

Giffords rolled out an ad campaign against the governor on Tuesday, including what she called a "six-figure ad buy" to air a commercial targeting Scott.

The 30-second ad opens with video from vigils for shooting victims in Florida, naming off "Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, [and] Parkland" in reference to the three mass shootings at Pulse nightclub in June 2016, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in January 2017 and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School last week.

The ad, financed by Giffords' gun control nonprofit, singles out a law Scott championed in 2011 that would prevent doctors from asking patients whether they owned a gun. The law was criticized at the time as posing a safety risk.

The ad released Tuesday by Giffords, the name of the nonprofit, seizes on the bill and notes even mental health professionals were not able to ask about gun ownership. The law, however, was struck down six years later.

"Rick Scott made it illegal for a doctor to ask a patient if they own a gun, even a mental health professional," the Giffords ad says. "This law was so dangerous that a court had to strike it down. Gov. Scott, we need more than your thoughts and prayers. Stop putting the gun lobby ahead of our safety."

"We're educating Florida voters about the governor's tragic record on gun safety and sending a message to all who seek public office: Enough!" Peter Ambler, executive director for Giffords, said in a statement. "Voters are going to be examining politicians records on gun safety very closely this year, and we're ready to help them make informed decisions."

The statement released by Giffords mentions Scott has "complied with the gun lobby's every wish" and makes reference to a speech he delivered at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum last year.

Giffords later resigned from the House to focus on her recovery in January 2012.