— by David Streeter
Former Representative Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), who was wounded in a mass shooting in 2011, delivered testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. Giffords said in her impassioned and moving opening statement:
Thank you for inviting me here today.
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.