Giffords will give opening statement in Congress gun hearing
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on stage at the Democratic National Convention.
January 30th, 2013
07:47 AM ET

Giffords will give opening statement in Congress gun hearing

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will give an opening statement today at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, according to two sources close to Giffords.

It is the first congressional hearing on gun violence since the Connecticut school massacre that left 26 people dead. A top NRA official plans to tell lawmakers Wednesday that new weapons restrictions are not a "serious solution" to the problem.

Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, will be one of five witnesses at the hearing. Giffords' husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, will also testify.

The hearing comes a few weeks after President Barack Obama's legislative proposals aimed at curbing gun violence after the Newtown shootings, which left 20 children and six adults dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The shooter, Adam Lanza, also killed his mother and himself.

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  1. LizzyV

    ??? Mind boggles.

    January 30, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    Maybe if I print in 1 sentence form CNN will post it. President Obama's 23 proposals are just that proposals.

    January 30, 2013 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    The Brady law is already in effect since 1994. Most of what the president proposed is already in that law. The en-force-ment or the govern-ment ent-ity or body to en-force it is not. You can make all the laws you want, but if you do not have the man power behind it, it is not worth the paper it is written on. It is just toilet paper.

    January 30, 2013 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Look up the ATF and the NRA, Scottish Mama; see how the NRA has effectively tied their hands from enforcing any of the regulations already on the books.
      Why hasn't there been a directer since 2006?

      January 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hamsta

    Let's hang a gun free zone on Obama's neck and see how well it protects him. You gun control idiots aren't making kids ant safer, as a matter of fact you are making them less safe.

    January 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That act went into effect in 1990, Hamsta.
      It isn't anything remotely new....and President Obama had zero to do with that act.

      January 30, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ronvan

    Saw an article the other day on the budget of the ATF. Don't remember the actual years but ATF's budget was around 2 million +, and today it is around 100K! ALL due to the NRA! The SAD thing, for me, is that not much is going to happen to change things. WE have lost our common sense, become hypocrites, and make excuse's as to why we should have multiple weapons, of any caliber, thousands of rounds of ammo, you name it! WE, at least most of us, have Perverted, twisted, manipulated, the 2nd amendment for our "personal gain"

    January 31, 2013 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |