1. GUN REFORM

    Giffords to Senate: ‘Be Bold’

    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30:  Retired NASA astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly (R) and his wife, shooting victim and former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), arrive for a Senate Judiciary Committee followed by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) before hearing about gun control on Capitol Hill January 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. Giffords delivered an opening statment to the committee, which met for the first time since the mass shooting at a Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Giffords on Capitol Hill Wednesday. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

    In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday on gun violence, former representative Gabrielle Giffords pleaded with Congress: “Do something.” Still recovering from the horrific shooting in Tucson, Ariz.—which ended the lives of six, and almost her own—Giffords admitted “speaking is difficult." But as the nation grapples with the issue of gun control, she said her experience was too important not to share. “Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying; too many children,” she said. “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.”

    Read it at The New York Times