Gabrielle Giffords, a former congresswoman (D-Ariz.), spoke at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday in Washington D.C. to advocate for stricter gun control laws.

Two years ago Giffords was shot in Tucson, Ariz., and suffered severe brain damage. While she has been a supporter of the Second Amendment––she owns a gun––she is pushing for the NRA to outlaw assault weapons, introduce stronger background checks and eliminate extended ammunition magazines.

Giffords was joined at the hearing by her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. Others expected to speak include NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre.

“Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals,” LaPierre had written in a prepared testimony. “Nor do we believe the government should dictate what we can lawfully own and use to protect our families.”

—Hal Sundt

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