Ex-lawmaker and shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords made a dramatic appeal to Congress Wednesday, telling lawmakers "you must act" to find ways to reduce the epidemic of U.S. gun violence, AFP reports.
Democrat Giffords came face to face at a Senate hearing with leaders of the National Rifle Association, who reiterated their call for arming security forces at schools.
“Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying,” said Giffords, a former congresswoman who was shot in the head two years ago at a massacre in her Arizona district. “We must do something. It will be hard, but the time is now.”