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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:38 PM

Gabrielle Giffords confronts shooter Jared Lee Loughner in court [View all]

Source: Washington Post

Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband confronted the man who shot her and killed six people in Tucson nearly two years ago, telling him in a dramatic courtroom session Thursday that he had “failed to extinguish the beauty of life.”

Reading from prepared remarks, Giffords’s husband, Mark Kelly, made an impassioned statement on behalf of the couple that was both highly personal and deeply political in its appeal for stricter gun control. In it, they told the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, that although he had changed Giffords’s life forever, he had not succeeded in his mission.

“Mr. Loughner, by making death and producing tragedy, you sought to extinguish the beauty of life, to diminish potential, to strain love and to cancel ideas,” Kelly said. “You tried to create for all of us a world as dark and evil as your own. But know this, and remember it always: You failed.”

Kelly called on politicians across America to tackle the issue of gun violence — the first time he or Giffords had spoken so forcefully on the issue.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/gabrielle-giffords-confronts-shooter-jared-lee-loughner-in-court/2012/11/08/09968fe2-29c7-11e2-b4e0-346287b7e56c_story.html

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