Even with Heitkamp voicing her displeasure with the task force, the broader political landscape doesn't look conducive to any major reforms on gun control.
Meanwhile, Giffords—the victim of a 2011 shooting in Tucson that left her with significant brain damage—is on the offensive launching a new gun-control group while money from both gun control and pro-gun lobbies pours into Capitol Hill.
Giffords announced Tuesday she and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, have founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, a group that will lobby Congress to implement restrictions on gun ownership.
Since Giffords and 18 others were shot, there have been 11 mass shootings in the U.S., including gun assaults at malls, a movie theater, salons and an elementary school in Connecticut where 20 children were killed less than a month ago.
"In response to a horrific series of shootings that has sown terror in our communities, victimized tens of thousands of Americans, and left one of its own bleeding and near death in a Tucson parking lot, Congress has done something quite extraordinary — nothing at all," wrote Kelly and Giffords in a USA Today op-ed.
Giffords and Kelly, both gun owners themselves, say they are launching their own organization to be a fundraising counterweight to pro-gun groups like the National Rifle Association, which outspent gun control groups 10-to-1 last year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
"Until now, the gun lobby's political contributions, advertising and lobbying have dwarfed spending from anti-gun violence groups," the op-ed reads. "No longer. With Americans for Responsible Solutions engaging millions of people about ways to reduce gun violence and funding political activity nationwide, legislators will no longer have reason to fear the gun lobby."