Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) delivered a desperate plea for lawmakers to “be bold” and “act” to prevent further gun violence in America. The testimony was delivered at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun safety. A video of Giffords’ remarks, along with a transcript, via Talking Points Memo, can be seen below.
"Thank you for inviting me here today. This is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, 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 is now. You must act. Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Thank you."
Giffords still displayed the effects of the gunshot would she suffered on January 8, 2011. Giffords said, “Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important.” Giffords then said bluntly, “Too many children are dying. Too many children.” Though her words were few and simple, Giffords testimony may be the most powerful delivered at today’s.
Later, Giffords’ husband Mark Kelly said that that the Second Amendment rights also “demand responsibility” and that the rights do not extend to criminals, terrorists, and the mentally ill.” Kelly’s testimony seemingly supported President Obama’s proposal to institute a universal background check on all gun purchases in an attempt to keep guns out of the wrong hands.