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Wounded ex-congresswoman Giffords urges Congress to be bold on gun control


Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in the mass shooting that killed six people in Tucson, Ariz. two years ago, sits with her husband, Mark Kelly, right, a retired astronaut, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, prior to speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on what lawmakers should do to curb gun violence in the wake of last month's shooting rampage at that killed 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Ct. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON - Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords says Congress should be bold in writing new laws to address gun violence in the United States.

Giffords was severely wounded in a 2011 shooting that killed six people. She told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that Americans are counting on lawmakers to address the problem. Speaking haltingly, she said: "It will be hard, but the time is now. Too many children are dying."

The former congresswoman was the first witness at Congress's initial hearing on gun violence since the Connecticut school massacre in December.

The Senate committee is taking the lead in writing legislation to address gun violence. Many want to re-impose an assault weapons ban and prohibition on large-capacity ammunition magazines.

The National Rifle Association opposes these proposals.


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