VIDEO: Gabby Giffords' Husband, Mark Kelly, Speaks on Gun Violence at Senate Hearing
As President Obama and Democrats push for stricter gun control laws, the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first hearing Wednesday on the issue. Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords made a statement at the beginning, followed by her husband Mark Kelly.
Giffords was severely injured two years ago in a mass shooting that left six people dead and 13 wounded.
"Gabby is one of roughly 100,000 victims of gun violence in America each and every year. Behind every victim lays a matrix of failure and inadequacy in our families, in our communities, in our values, in our society's approach to poverty, violence and mental illness, and yes, also in our politics and in our gun laws," said Kelly.
He went on to say that he and Gabby are both gun owners for the same reasons as millions of Americans.
"Gabby would never relinquish her gun and I would never relinquish mine. But rights demand responsibility and this right does not extend to terrorists, it does not extend to criminals, it does not extend to the mentally ill. When dangerous people get guns, we are all vulnerable."
Watch his remarks: