Category: Politics / January 30, 2013 3:26 PM EST
Gabrielle Giffords, the former U.S. congresswoman who was shot in the head while speaking with constituents in Arizona, told members of a Senate committee on Wednesday (January 30) that too many children have died in gun violence and now is the time to "be bold" in enacting gun reform.
Giffords was speaking as an unannounced witness at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has been responsible for drafting any measures to amend the nation's gun laws.
Her husband, Captain Mark Kelly, the retired space shuttle commander, was also due to testify, as was Wayne LaPierre, the executive director of the National Rifle Association.
"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,"
Video Source: Reuters