Please take a minute to watch Gabby Giffords' powerful speech, and then call on your members of Congress to take action to end gun violence.
Gabby Giffords made deeply moving opening remarks at today's Senate hearing on gun violence. This was the first hearing on guns since President Obama stepped forward with his recommendations, and Former Congresswoman Giffords made the most of the opportunity to call on members of Congress to take action now:
“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.”
Former Congresswoman Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly called on Congress to take immediate action.
Here’s what Congress can do right now to reduce gun violence:
Require a criminal background check for every gun sold in this country.
Stop the sale of military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
Make gun trafficking a federal crime with harsh penalties.
These are simple solutions that will save lives. They don’t interfere with the Second Amendment, and they are popular with the overwhelming majority of Americans -- including gun owners and NRA members.
We need to follow Gabby Giffords’ lead and call on Congress to act RIGHT NOW:
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…