- How to stream Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin vs. Alfredo Angulo 7 Years Ago
- How to stream Barcelona vs. Granada Today 4:50 PM
- ‘Atlantics’ tells a ghost story steeped with emotion and realism Today 4:16 PM
- ‘Jojo Rabbit’ is a sweet, singular movie that loses its grip on satire Today 3:40 PM
- Jordan Peterson is in rehab for Klonopin addiction Today 3:34 PM
- The cat-worshipping turkey cult video, explained Today 3:22 PM
- Despite legal threats and drama, the Area 51 desert event is on Today 3:05 PM
- How to stream Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens on UFC Fight Night Today 3:00 PM
- Twitter just launched its ‘Hide Replies’ feature Today 1:59 PM
- How to turn off image metadata before it snitches on you Today 1:36 PM
- The ‘Breaking Bad’ movie is coming to theaters—for one weekend only Today 1:04 PM
- Teens recorded, shared videos of mall fight that ended in fatal stabbing Today 12:44 PM
- How to stream Giants vs. Buccaneers in Week 3 Today 12:31 PM
- Report: Ben Carson made transphobic comments at HUD meeting Today 12:30 PM
- Where to buy the Switch Lite and everything else you need to know Today 12:28 PM
Gabby Giffords’ gun violence testimony spreads on Facebook
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
Justin Franz is a Montana-based reporter and photographer who wrote about web culture for the Daily Dot. His work has more recently appeared in Flathead Living Magazine, Trains Magazine, and Travel + Leisure.