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Gabby Giffords, the former congresswoman who was shot during a 2011 mass shooting in Tuscon, Arizona, made a plea to Congress Wednesday morning to make moves regarding gun violence.
“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,” said Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt with a head injury just two years ago.
Giffords was the first person to speak during a congressional meeting on gun violence sparked after the Dec. 14 Newtown, CT tragedy in which 20 children and six adults were shot and killed.
According to Reuters, President Barack Obama and Democrats have been working on the largest gun control proposal in several decades- a move sparked by the Newtown shooting. The package includes more intense background checks for gun buyers, as well as a ban on assault weapons.
Giffords was joined by husband Mark Kelly, a former astronaut. The two founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, an organization that helps prevent gun violence.
Kelly also testified, stating, “Gabby and I are pro-gun ownership. We are also anti-gun violence. And we believe that in this debate, Congress should look not towards special interests and ideology - which push us apart - but towards compromise, which brings us together.”