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Retired NASA astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly (R) and his wife, shooting victim and former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) prepares to give an opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee during hearing about gun control on Capitol Hill January 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. Giffords delivered an opening statment to the committee, which met for the first time since the mass shooting at a Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding the first Congressional hearing on gun violence since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made the opening statement:
"Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. We must do something. It will be hard, but the time is now. Americans are counting on you. Thank you."
Wayne La Pierre, head of the National Rifle Association, also testified:
"Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals. Nor do we believe that the government should dictate what we can lawfully own and use to protect our families."
For the latest we go to Dan Berman, deputy Congressional editor at Politico.