Giffords: Too Many Children Are Dying
Former rep is passionate, Wayne LaPierre defiant in testimony
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 30, 2013 10:55 AM CST
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(Newser) – Gabrielle Giffords delivered a short, powerful, and somewhat difficult to watch statement on Capitol Hill today to kick off the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on gun control. "Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important," Giffords said in halting tones. "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." Giffords didn't take questions, leaving the chamber after her remarks.

  • Mark Kelly returned to read a more in-depth statement, noting that he and his wife were also gun owners. "Gabby would never relinquish her gun, and I would never relinquish mine," he said. But "when dangerous people get dangerous guns, we are all the more vulnerable."
  • But Wayne LaPierre struck a defiant tone. "Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals," he said. He also criticized the government for not enforcing existing laws. "Unfortunately, we've seen a dramatic collapse in federal gun prosecutions."
  • Chairman Pat Leahy and ranking Republican Chuck Grassley each staked out their respective party's ideological ground. "What responsible gun owner objects to the background check program?" Leahy asked. Grassley focused on the need to rein in video game violence, and criticized President Obama's recent remarks about gun violence, saying they "turned the Constitution on its head."
Sources consulted for this roundup included Roll Call, CNN, and Slate.

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cornelison
Feb 1, 2013 12:37 AM CST
Republicans pass laws making it harder to get an abortion but they want to make it easier to buy weapons. They'll spend millions on the war against women but it's "open season" on 1st graders.
drflora3rd
Jan 31, 2013 12:36 PM CST
Too many children being killed? Every day, too many children are being killed by the diseses they get from being given dairy in their schools. Cheese pizzas and milk are the culprits. The result? If so many children suffered and died from the flu, everyone would be outraged. No one is outraged.about dairy's effects: Ear infections, diabetes, colds, flu, pneumonia, obesity, diahrrhea or constipation, brain fog, breast and prostate cancer., allergies, asthma, zits, erectile dysfunction. Cow and human milk contain similar substances and when we ingest cow's milk and its products, we develop antibodies against the cow's milk proteins. Read "Milk the Deadly Poison" or "The China Study" and feed your children rice, soy, coconut or almond milk and the cheeze pizza put out by Amy's: Gluten Free and Casein Free. Great for our children! Rice crust. Will not cause depression and other mental negative emotions like dairy does..
Terrankiller
Jan 31, 2013 11:53 AM CST
Think of the children. Nice appeal to emotion. Still not a valid argument.