A former aide says Gabrielle Giffords has been working for the past week on the statement she delivered Wednesday to a Senate hearing on gun violence.
Giffords spoke just 80 words from a prepared statement, urging lawmakers to be "bold" and "courageous." The former Arizona congresswoman is still recovering from the 2011 shooting in Tucson that killed six people.
She spoke slowly, pronouncing each syllable with deliberation. She said, "Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying." Giffords told senators, "It will be hard, but the time is now. You must act."
Her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, then gently guided her from the table, before returning to deliver his own testimony.
Giffords and Kelly then went to the White House and met privately with President Barack Obama.
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