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Video: Gabrielle Giffords Gives Emotional Speech Urging Stricter Gun Laws

Gabrielle Giffords, former congresswoman, who was a victim of a shooting in Tucson in January of 2011, gave an emotional plea to Congress Wednesday about the importance of having stricter gun control. 

After being shot in the head, Giffords has trouble walking, speaking, and seeing. Despite her ailments, she was able to deliver a brief statement about gun control. 

"This is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for Democrats and Republicans," she said. "Speaking is difficult but I must say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children."

"We must do something," she said. "It will be hard but the time is now. You must act. Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you."

She concluded with a "thank you." Giffords' husband helped her up, hugged her, and led her out of the room. 

Giffords was the first witness before the Senate Judiciary Committee in its first hearing on gun violence. 

She and her husband are gun owners and supporters of the Second Amendment, but they have become critics of the NRA on many issues. They believe there should be a new assault weapons ban, universal background checks, a ban on high-capacity magazines and closing of the "gun show loophole."

Her speech was followed by five others, including her husband Mark Kelly, Wayne LaPierre, and executive vice president of the National Rifle Association. 



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