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Giffords addresses Senate gun hearing

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The New York Times: Speaking slowly but with discernible passion, former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically injured in a mass shooting in Arizona in 2011, addressed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday in its first hearing since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., last month.

Ms. Giffords, who entered a packed hearing room on Capitol Hill, walked slowly by the senators gathered to hear testimony from several witnesses, including her husband Mark E. Kelly, and kissed some of them on the cheeks as she passed.

“This is an important conversation for our children, for our communities,” Ms. Giffords began. “For Democrats and Republicans. Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something. It will be hard. But the time to act is now,” she said, emphasizing the last word. “You must act. Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you.” With that, Ms. Giffords made her way quietly out of the room.

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