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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Urges Support For Background Checks

1:39 PM, Mar 6, 2013   |    comments
Former US Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband former astronaut Mark Kelly listen to US President Barack Obama deliver his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on February 12, 2013 (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the site of a shooting that left her critically wounded to urge key senators to support expanded background checks for gun purchases.

She spoke to reporters Wednesday in the parking lot of a Safeway grocery store outside Tucson to promote tougher firearm regulations. Giffords spoke a mere 15 words during the news conference, including "Fight, fight, fight."

The Democrat was among 13 people wounded in the January 2011 shooting rampage as she met with constituents. Six people were killed.

Other survivors joined Giffords at the news conference.

A gun control group started by Giffords and husband Mark Kelly began airing a new television ad in Arizona and Iowa Tuesday calling for background checks.

Sheriff's deputies are at the event to provide security.

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