Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' full statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, Wednesday, January 30, 2013:
"Thank you for inviting me here today. This is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for Democrats, and Republicans.
"Speaking is difficult but 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. Thank you."