Shooting Survivor Gabrielle Giffords’ Perfect & Emotional Words About Guns Are a Must-Watch (VIDEO)

Gabrielle GiffordsIn the weeks since the Newtown tragedy, it's seemed like everyone and their grandmother have had something to say about guns in America. But today it was Gabrielle Giffords who took her turn. The former Congresswoman shot in the head by a deranged gunman during a mass shooting in Arizona spoke from the heart in front of her former colleagues during the first congressional committee hearing on guns of 2013. 

This morning Gabrielle Giffords tried to turn the debate about guns and rights on its head. You see, for women like Gabrielle Giffords, whose speech still bears evidence of what gun violence did to her brain, this is not about the right to bear arms at all.

The current debate over guns is about the rights of Americans to live.

To live safely. To live without fear.

But more than that.

To live at all.

Speaking haltingly, Giffords noted that her injuries have made it hard for her to talk, but she came anyway, for the most important reason of all:

I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. 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.

She's right. The 11,078 who die every year in America as the result of a firearm homicide are counting on Congress to do something. They're looking for Congress to consider that, yes, we have a right to bear arms, but we also have a right to live.

The 20 children of Sandy Hook Elementary School had a right to go home on the afternoon of December 14 and hug their parents and play with their toys. That right was taken from them by a man with a gun.

Gabrielle Giffords had a right as an American citizen to stand in a public place on a weekend in January in her home state of Arizona and walk out of there whole, safe, healthy. That right was taken from her by a man with a gun.

When are we going to start talking about their rights? When will we be bold and courageous?

 

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bills... billsfan1104

When are democrats going to stop using Gabby Giffords and the parents of the kids at Newtown for their political gain? When are democrats like some of your fellow colleagues on the TheStir, going to stop calling us gun nuts? When are democrats gonna talk about other things like mental health, violence in the media? It goes both ways and right now, the democrats are only taking about gun control and making gun owners into common criminals.

ethan... ethans_momma06

Oh, how I wish that doing away with guns would end violent behaviour. Muders. Violent crime. How I wish that. Because then the answer to our problem would be simple.


But the unfortunate reality is that the guns are only the tools, and the violence, the causes, the situations that cause the triggers to be pulled in the first place. Without guns, violence and death remains.


And, we aren't even trying to unarm the public. We regulate cars up the wazoo, and we can't even stop the avg. every day person from breaking basic traffic laws. Inspite of the regulations, laws, enforcement, and licensing on cars- we still have 30,000 people who die here in the US each YEAR due to motor accidents.


So while I hope, pray, and work towards an end to gun violence, violence in general, and muder- I simply do not see gun regulation currently proposed as an effective way to do that.

amiec... amiecanflie

I'm a Democrat, and I'll be damned if you take away our guns. HOw about we focus on mental health, what actually CAUSES these tragedies?? How will making guns illegal for the people who NEED to protect themselves make it easier to fight off the people who DO have guns legally? 

bills... billsfan1104

I want to clarify and say, NOT ALL DEMOCRATS

OoOJa... OoOJanisOoO

Very well said Ethans_momma! I agree completely!

Zenia6 Zenia6

Because we can't prevent every death with legislation, is not a valid argument for not having legislation. Why not fully enforce the laws we currently have? Why not fully regulate and inspect gun dealers? Why not close the loop hole for gun shows and private sales? Why not require safety courses and licensing similar to what is required to drive? Why not keep military style weapons out of civilian hands? Why not all of that as well as addressing mental health issues, the potential problems caused by psychiatric medications, and exposure to excessive violence in media? Not suggesting that we take any one's guns. Not abolishing the 2nd amendment. Just taking common sense steps.

ethan... ethans_momma06

The problem Zenia6, is that that legislation is only slapping a band aid on it. We know that we feel better when we see the bandaid, but... it doesn't heal the injury. Legislation is only effective when it is coupled with real solutions for the actual problems. How are we going to enforce that legislation when we don't already enforce legislation?


The top ten guns for violent crimes are not covered in these bans. IF somehow those guns were no longer available for criminals- criminals would change to guns that were. So really- military style weapons in civilian hands are not a problem. It's not the make or model. It's the fact that someone WANTS to walk into a place and kill children. Even then, mass shootings aren't the real gun violence issue our nation faces daily.

tinyp... tinypossum

When will you gun nuts stop being so hysterical overreators? Gabby Giffords never said "take everyone's guns away", nor has the Obama administration. What everyone (with a brain) is saying is that we need commonsense laws that protect innocent people from lunatics. If you aren't on board with that, you are out of your mind.  

Proud... ProudMama19317

I feel compelled to point out that the city of Chicago has some of the most stringent gun laws, and yet one of the highest homicide by gun rates in the US. "The gun laws in Chicago only restrict the law-abiding citizens and they've essentially made the citizens prey,"  This isn't about guns, people...it's about mental health, (and collectively ignoring the tragic results of those left without healthcare & human care for their mental instabilities) and raising our children to respect human life...all of the old-core values and principals have gone out the window, so let's blame the guns!And yes, tinypossum, common sense is severely lacking in our society and in our government!


 

ethan... ethans_momma06

tinyposum- I don't see anyone saying that Giffords or Obama- or ANYONE- was trying to take all guns away.

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