Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords gave the opening statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence. Speaking slowly but clearly, Giffords, who was shot in the head in a Safeway parking lot in Tucson, Ariz., in January 2010, told the Senate panel the time to act was now, to prevent gun violence because "too many children are dying."
Okay. Thank you for inviting me. 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.