Giffords speaks at Senate hearing on gun control

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Updated: 1/30/2013 5:24 pm Published: 1/30/2013 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.”

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CowBot9000 - 1/31/2013 8:51 AM
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Being a victim doesn't make you right.

ConcrndCitizen - 1/31/2013 5:24 AM
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NO assault weapons were used in the shooting!!! HAND GUNS were used!! Why the sudden concern over assault weapons again? limiting magazine size? Still has nothing to do with the shooting! The kid left the assault rifle in the car. He couldn't buy one, so he killed his mother, took hers, and still didn't use it in the shooting. WAKE UP people.

Mayor Maynot - 1/30/2013 9:16 PM
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I'm sympathetic to a point. Let's not get too gushy all of a sudden. Giffords is not the first nor will she be the last survivor of gunfire. In a nation where it is against the law to have a gun then only criminals will have them. USA criminal nation that it was berthed as the cradle of freedom. Bringing a new hope to freedom and independence(not only locally but also world wide) since it's inception. It was all done with guns :-) I doubt if that part is gonna stop. As for me I'm ecstatic just to shoot a camera.

GodsGutterPunk - 1/30/2013 6:11 PM
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all I have to say is , I dont own a gun dont want a gun , dont need a gun, but I'm glad good honest americans have them, everybody griping about crooked poloticians,what you think they gona stop being crooked after they have all your guns, lol, I think good honest americans owning guns is they only thing keeping some of these poloticians from being to crooked,right now some are only crooked enuf they can hide it , once they have all your guns wont be no reason to hide it anymore, tomas jefferson wrote that thing and even said if we want democrocy to thrive we as americans would have to take a stand from time to time.I have to say I agree with the N.R.A guy on this one .
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