Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords appeals for gun control

In a dramatic appeal, wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords urged Congress on Wednesday to enact tougher curbs on guns, saying, “too many children are dying” without them.

“The time is now. You must act. Be bold, be courageous, Americans are counting on you,” she told the Senate Judiciary Committee at Congress’ first gun control hearing since 20 elementary school children were shot to death in Newtown, Conn., late last year.

Gifford was not on the list of witnesses released in advance of the hearings, and in an unusual show of respect, members of the committee greeted her warmly outside the hearing room as she and her husband, former astronaut and retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, made their way inside. The former Democratic congresswoman was grievously wounded in an assassination attempt in Tucson, Ariz., a little more than two years ago, and has become a public advocate for gun control…

The prospects for Senate passage are not strong, in part because of opposition from the NRA and in part from a reluctance among rural-state Democrats to support limitations on firearms.

Republicans pledged to listen carefully, and no more…

There is another reason; but, most of you can already define chickenshit political cowardice.

Giffords’ appearance — not only her words, but her obvious difficulty in speaking — served to underscore the emotion surrounding the issue of gun curbs. “Speech is a distant memory” for his wife, Kelly said in remarks of his own after his wife had completed her brief plea for action.

RTFA for the details, past and present legislation, lobbying from the NRA creep who earns his living as a flunky for gun manufacturers. The NRA stopped being a body representing the needs of educated, dedicated hunters long ago.

I’m a gun owner, a hunter with principles, a target shooter and even an advocate for armed self-defense for over 50 years. I support strong background checks, a ban on assault weapons and monster magazines. I want the gun show loopholes closed. I’d like to live in a country ruled by reason instead of fear and cowards.

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