Coming to you directly from the Hart Senate Office building where the Senate Judiciary Committee is conducting the first hearing on gun regulation since the Newtown Mass Shooting, entitled, "What Should America Do About Gun Violence?"
The hearing opened with a statement by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. She spoke haltingly but clearly, still dealing with the brain injuries she suffered two years ago when she was wounded by a shooter who killed six others in Tuscon, Arizona. After thanking the committee for hosting her, she made this appeal:
“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.”
After making these remarks, Ms. Giffords was helped out of the Committee chamber by her husband. Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) then commenced with his opening statement, followed by ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).