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Gabby Giffords said stopping gun violence will take 'the courage to do what's right'

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Updated October 04, 2017 09:19 AM EDT
Gabby Giffords says stopping gun violence takes courage

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) on Wednesday said that "stopping gun violence takes courage" following the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

"Stopping gun violence takes courage," she said at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. "The courage to do what's right. The courage of new ideas. Now is the time to come together."

"Democrats, Republicans, everyone," Giffords continued. "Be responsible. We must never stop fighting, fight, fight, fight. Be bold, be courageous, the nation is counting on you."

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Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) spoke before Giffords, blasting his fellow lawmakers for not having the bravery to tackle gun violence before last Sunday's massacre in Las Vegas.

"We were elected to be a headlight and not a taillight," the civil rights icon said. "Have courage, be unafraid, do your job. Bring commonsense gun legislation to a vote. We need it, and we need it now."

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Lewis also dismantled some of the arguments against stricter gun control after shooter Stephen Paddock killed at least 57 people and wounded at least 527 others last weekend.

Rep. Lewis says opposition to gun control is not about the second amendment

"Don't tell me we need mental health reform when you won't provide every American access to mental health care," he said. "Don't tell me it's about the Second Amendment when you won't stand for the First Amendment."

"Don't tell me it's about anything other than greed, greed, money and fear," Lewis added.

Updated October 04, 2017 09:11 AM EDT

House Democrats join former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in demanding "commonsense gun violence prevention" following the Las Vegas massacre.

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) on Wednesday will participate in an event to "honor the victims of the Las Vegas shooting" in Washington, D.C., according to the House Democrats' Facebook page.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Reps. John Lewis (D-GA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) and other House Democrats will join Giffords in demanding "commonsense gun violence prevention" following the recent massacre.

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Giffords has been a vocal advocate for stricter gun control laws after she survived a shooting during an event for her then-constitutents in Tucson, Arizona in 2011.

National debate is raging over gun control following last Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest of its kind in modern U.S. history.

Gunman Stephen Paddock killed at least 59 people and wounded at least 527 more after he opened fire on an outdoor concert from his nearby hotel room.

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