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Giffords seeks "bold" action as Congress takes up gun control

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (L) delivers her opening remarks while seated next to her husband, former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (L) delivers her opening remarks while seated next to her husband, former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington,...more

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (L) delivers her opening remarks while seated next to her husband, former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, testifies during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, testifies during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS...more

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, testifies during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords delivers her statement during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords delivers her statement during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords delivers her statement during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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(L-R): Retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and co-founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions; Fordham University School of Law professor David Kopel, Baltimore County, MD Police Chief and National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence Chairman James Johnson, Independent Women's Forum attorney Gayle Trotter and NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre are seen at a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

(L-R): Retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and co-founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions; Fordham University School of Law professor David Kopel, Baltimore County, MD Police Chief and National Law...more

(L-R): Retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and co-founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions; Fordham University School of Law professor David Kopel, Baltimore County, MD Police Chief and National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence Chairman James Johnson, Independent Women's Forum attorney Gayle Trotter and NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre are seen at a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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Andrew Goddard, (3L), Chairman of the Board of the National Gun Victims Action Council, whose son Colin was shot during the Virginia Tech massacre, puts his hand to his head as he listens to testimony during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

Andrew Goddard, (3L), Chairman of the Board of the National Gun Victims Action Council, whose son Colin was shot during the Virginia Tech massacre, puts his hand to his head as he listens to testimony during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary...more

Andrew Goddard, (3L), Chairman of the Board of the National Gun Victims Action Council, whose son Colin was shot during the Virginia Tech massacre, puts his hand to his head as he listens to testimony during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) points at a chart showing an (bottom to top) AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun and a 15-round ammunition magazine on a chart as he questions witnesses during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. The hearing comes six weeks after the massacre of 26 people at a Connecticut school ignited new calls to fight gun-related violence. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) points at a chart showing an (bottom to top) AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun and a 15-round ammunition magazine on a chart as he questions witnesses during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary...more

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) points at a chart showing an (bottom to top) AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun and a 15-round ammunition magazine on a chart as he questions witnesses during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. The hearing comes six weeks after the massacre of 26 people at a Connecticut school ignited new calls to fight gun-related violence. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)
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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, (R-TX), holds a plastic hand grip in front of a picture of a hunting rifle as he questions NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre (not in photo) about the effect of proposed gun control legislation during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. The hearing comes six weeks after the massacre of 26 people at a Connecticut school ignited new calls to fight gun-related violence. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, (R-TX), holds a plastic hand grip in front of a picture of a hunting rifle as he questions NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre (not in photo) about the effect of proposed gun control legislation during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary...more

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, (R-TX), holds a plastic hand grip in front of a picture of a hunting rifle as he questions NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre (not in photo) about the effect of proposed gun control legislation during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. The hearing comes six weeks after the massacre of 26 people at a Connecticut school ignited new calls to fight gun-related violence. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)
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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (L) delivers her opening remarks while seated next to her husband, former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (L) delivers her opening remarks while seated next to her husband, former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington,...more

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (L) delivers her opening remarks while seated next to her husband, former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (L) is seated next to her husband, former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, (C) while news photographers take their pictures prior to a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (L) is seated next to her husband, former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, (C) while news photographers take their pictures prior to a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol...more

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (L) is seated next to her husband, former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, (C) while news photographers take their pictures prior to a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is assisted by her husband, retired U.S Navy Captain Mark Kelly (R), prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is assisted by her husband, retired U.S Navy Captain Mark Kelly (R), prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is assisted by her husband, retired U.S Navy Captain Mark Kelly (R), prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is led by her husband, retired U.S Navy Captain Mark Kelly (R) prior to a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is led by her husband, retired U.S Navy Captain Mark Kelly (R) prior to a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is led by her husband, retired U.S Navy Captain Mark Kelly (R) prior to a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords delivers her statement during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords delivers her statement during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords delivers her statement during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, is sworn in during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, is sworn in during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, is sworn in during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot during an assasination attempt in Arizona, testifies during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot during an assasination attempt in Arizona, testifies during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in...more

Former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot during an assasination attempt in Arizona, testifies during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (C) gets a kiss from U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) as Senator Patrick Leahy (L) (D-VT) and her husband, retired astronaut and Navy Captain Mark Kelly (R) look on during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (C) gets a kiss from U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) as Senator Patrick Leahy (L) (D-VT) and her husband, retired astronaut and Navy Captain Mark Kelly (R) look on during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary...more

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (C) gets a kiss from U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) as Senator Patrick Leahy (L) (D-VT) and her husband, retired astronaut and Navy Captain Mark Kelly (R) look on during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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Witnesses are sworn in prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Witnesses are sworn in prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Witnesses are sworn in prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot during an assasination attempt in Arizona, testifies during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot during an assasination attempt in Arizona, testifies during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in...more

Former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot during an assasination attempt in Arizona, testifies during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Witnesses are sworn in prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Witnesses are sworn in prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Witnesses are sworn in prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (L) delivers her opening remarks while seated next to her husband, former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (L) delivers her opening remarks while seated next to her husband, former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington,...more

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (L) delivers her opening remarks while seated next to her husband, former U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords arrives by her husband, retired U.S Navy Captain Mark Kelly (R) prior to a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords arrives by her husband, retired U.S Navy Captain Mark Kelly (R) prior to a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords arrives by her husband, retired U.S Navy Captain Mark Kelly (R) prior to a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre iseated for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre iseated for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre iseated for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords sits with her husband, retired U.S Navy Captain Mark Kelly, prior to delivering a statement at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords sits with her husband, retired U.S Navy Captain Mark Kelly, prior to delivering a statement at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin...more

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords sits with her husband, retired U.S Navy Captain Mark Kelly, prior to delivering a statement at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is assisted by her husband, retired U.S Navy Captain Mark Kelly (R) prior to a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is assisted by her husband, retired U.S Navy Captain Mark Kelly (R) prior to a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is assisted by her husband, retired U.S Navy Captain Mark Kelly (R) prior to a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Members of the audience line up outside a hearing room before a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Members of the audience line up outside a hearing room before a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Members of the audience line up outside a hearing room before a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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Members of the audience line up outside a hearing room before a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Members of the audience line up outside a hearing room before a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Members of the audience line up outside a hearing room before a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee about guns and violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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