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WATCH: Gabrielle Giffords calls for gun control

"Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children."

On Wednesday, Gabrielle Giffords gave the opening statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun safety, urging lawmakers to act on gun control. The former Arizona congresswoman, who was nearly killed in a mass shooting two years ago that left six people dead and thirteen people injured, stood next to her husband Mark Kelly on Wednesday, and told the committee that while speaking is still difficult, she had something important to say: 

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. 

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