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Emotional hearing on gun violence

Updated 7:00 PM ET, Wed January 30, 2013
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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) takes her seat at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about gun violence. Giffords was wounded in a January, 2011 shooting. Her husband, retired NASA astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly holds her hand. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Senate Judiciary Committee member Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) talk to Giffords and Kelly before the hearing. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
"Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children" Giffords told the Senate Judiciary Committee at the hearing. "We must do something." Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Giffords' husband, Kelly, called for a "careful and civil conversation" on new gun limits and a broad acceptance of society's responsibility to keep firearms away from dangerous people. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Senate Judiciary Committee members (L-R) Sen. John Orrin Hatch (R-UT), ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. John Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. John Charles Schumer (D-NY) listen to testimony at the hearing. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, is sworn in. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
President of the National Rifle Association, David A. Keene, listens to LaPierre. LaPierre blamed the government for failing to enforce gun laws and said new restrictions, including background checks, won't stop criminals from using weapons in violent crime. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images