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Giffords to Senate Judiciary Committee: Be bold. Be courageous.

CREATED Jan. 30, 2013

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WASHGINTON, D.C. (KGUN9 TV) - Just moments ago, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords delivered the opening remarks at today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence:

"Thank 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."

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee went to say closing loopholes in the background check system for gun purchasers won't threaten firearms owners' Second Amendment rights to own a gun and is a matter of common sense.   

Sen. Patrick Leahy says that after the killing of elementary school students and staffers in Newtown, Conn., it is time to stop sloganeering and partisan recriminations on the subject.
   
Leahy says the background check system needs strengthening. By law, anyone buying a gun from a licensed dealer must have a background check, with convicted criminals and people with mental problems barred from purchases. Gun buyers at gun shows and online don't need the check.