|Updated: 1/30 5:24 pm
||Published: 1/30 5:24 pm
The Congresswoman who survived an assassination attempted told former colleagues they must do something about gun violence.
Gabby Giffords gave a surprise speech at a US Senate hearing on guns on Tuesday. Giffords was one of several hundred people sitting in on the senate hearing.
Proponents of gun control and representatives of the NRA were all quiet as Giffords walked into the room. Giffords speech was nearly two years to the day since the shooting spree in Arizona that injured her.
“Too many children are dying, too many children, we must do something,” said Giffords. Congress is considering new gun laws , including a possible ban on high powered firearms.
The head of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, told the Senate panel that Washington should better enforce federal laws on the books instead of creating new laws. “Violent felons, violent gang members and drug dealers with guns and the mentally ill who possess firearms are not being prosecuted and that is completely and totally unacceptable."
The NRA has also proposed training and arming more people to protect schools after the tragic school shooting in Connecticut that killed 26 people, including 20 children.
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein says that’s not the answer, “We can’t have a totally armed society.”
Feinstein also discussed better background checks for guns sold at gun shows. So did Gabby Giffords husband, Mark Kelley, "my wife would not have been sitting in this seat, she would have not been sitting here today, if we had stronger background checks."
FOX23's DC bureau talked to Geoffery Davis, whose brother James was shot and killed in 2003. Davis says the debate over gun control proves there’s little sign of an agreement to come calling it “an uphill battle, it’s going to be a fight, but we’ve got to keep pressing and pushing forward.”