GiffordLetter
The handwritten page was penned by her speech therapist.

As the debate over gun control in America rages on, former U.S. House Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made an impassioned plea to the Senate Judiciary Committee to do more this week. Following her testimony in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, her political action committee, Americans for Responsible Solutions posted an image to Facebook of her handwritten notes. Within hours it was spreading across the Internet.

Giffords served three terms in Congress until 2012. On Jan. 8, 2011, she was shot in the head during a public event in Tucson, Ariz.

“Speaking is difficult but I need to say something,” Giffords said from a statement written by her speech therapist. “Gun violence is a big problem. Too many people are dying. Too many children. We must do something.”

The note and testimony were well-received online. By Wednesday evening, the Facebook photo had gained more than 6,000 likes and almost 5,000 shares. It also has hundreds of comments.

“Thank you for your courage to speak out,” wrote Carole Goodwin. “Keep up the good work.”

“A true hero and great American,” wrote Nancy McGee Bell.

Giffords' husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, also spoke during the Senate hearing. During his comments, another mass shooting took place in Phoenix.

Americans for Responsible Solutions was created in early 2013 by Giffords and Kelly in response to the tragic Newtown, Conn., shootings in December. A major part of its efforts have been on Facebook, and since the page's creation early this month, it has gained more than 40,000 fans.

Photo via Americans for Responsible Solutions/Facebook

Promoted Stories Powered by Sharethrough
Layer 8
A female Lebanese news anchor was told to shut up—here's what she did instead
Rima Karaki is a Lebanese TV host who isn't afraid of a fight. Things got heated Monday when Karaki was interviewing Hani Al-Seba'i about the phenomenon of Christians joining Islamic groups like ISIS. Al-Seba’i is a Sunni scholar who fled to London after he was sentenced in an Egyptian court to 15 years in prison for being a part of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. The United Nations considers the group to be an affiliate of al Qaeda.
newtown
Conn. state rep apologizes for comments about Gabby Giffords
A Connecticut state representative is apologizing for telling shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords to "stay out of my towns" on her Facebook page.
The Latest From Daily Dot Video
Group

Pure, uncut internet. Straight to your inbox.

Thanks for subscribing to our newsletter!