Gabrielle Giffords 30 January 2013
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Giffords: 'You must act' on guns

Former Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords tells a Senate panel, "you must act" on curbing violence.

Former Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords has appeared at a Senate panel on curbing gun violence, telling senators "you must act".

Ms Giffords was injured after being shot in the head at a 2011 meeting with constituents, where six people died.

She and her husband Mark Kelly have recently founded a group, American for Responsible Solutions, to back lawmakers who support tighter gun restrictions.

"Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important," Ms Giffords said. "The time is now. You must act. Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you."