• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Giffords backs calls for bid to tackle gun violence

Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in an assassination attempt, urged Congress to take action to curb gun violence in the aftermath of last month's Connecticut school massacre.

SUPPORT: Gabrielle Giffords, who suffered a head injury in an assassination attempt in Arizona last year, with husband Mark Kelly. Picture: Reuters
SUPPORT: Gabrielle Giffords, who suffered a head injury in an assassination attempt in Arizona last year, with husband Mark Kelly. Picture: Reuters

Speaking haltingly because of her injuries, Ms Giffords opened testimony at the first congressional hearing on gun violence since a gunman shot dead 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Responding to outrage across the country, President Barack Obama has asked Congress to pass the largest package of gun restrictions in decades.

Ms Giffords, who had been targeted in a separate shooting in Tuscon, Arizona, said: "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."

Accompanied by her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, she concluded: "You must act. Be bold, be courageous.

"Americans are counting on you. Thank you."

Contextual targeting label: 
Families

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

138214