Gabby Giffords Makes Surprise Appearance At Senate Gun Control Hearing

“You must act. Be bold, be courageous. Americans are counting on you,” Giffords tells lawmakers.

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WASHINGTON — Former Rep. Gabby Giffords Wednesday made a surprise appearance at a Senate gun control hearing, making an emotional plea for Congress to quickly tackle the problem of 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,” Giffords told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“It will be hard, but the time is now. You must act. Be bold, be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Thank you,” Giffords added.

Giffords was not scheduled to speak at the hearing, although her husband Mark Kelly was. Giffords was gravely injured in 2011 when a gunman attacked a community event she was hosting in her district.

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John Stanton is the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for BuzzFeed News. In 2014, Stanton was a recipient of the National Press Foundation’s 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress.
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