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              FILE - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, left, and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, wave at the start of a memorial vigil remembering the victims and survivors one year after the Arizona congresswoman was wounded in a shooting that killed six others, in this Jan. 8, 2012 file photo taken in Tucson, Ariz. Among those testifying Wednesday Jan. 30, 2013 at the year  FILE - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, left, and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, wave at the start of a memorial vigil remembering the victims and survivors one year after the Arizona congresswoman was wounded in a shooting that killed six others, in this Jan. 8, 2012 file photo taken in Tucson, Ariz. Among those testifying Wednesday Jan. 30, 2013 at the year's first Senate hearing on what lawmakers should do to curb gun violence, will be Mark Kelly, husband of Giffords and a retired astronaut. Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, received a severe head wound in a 2011 shooting as she met with constituents outside a Tucson supermarket. Six people were killed and 12 others wounded. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)   

Giffords calls for end to gun violence at hearing: ‘Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important’

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

With the effects of her brain injury apparent through her slow speech, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords opened up the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on gun violence on Wednesday by saying, “Speaking is difficult but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem.”

“Thank you for inviting me here today,” she said. “This is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for Democrats and Republicans.”

Without getting specific, Giffords called on Congress to do something about gun violence.

“Too many children are dying,” she said. “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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Giffords survived being shot in the head during a district event in 2011 that killed six people.

Others expected to speak during the Wednesday hearing include NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre.

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