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Giffords urges support for background checks

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 12:33 p.m. CDT
(J. Scott Applewhite)
FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2013 file photo, former former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a gunshot to the head in 2011, during a mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., sits ready with her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss legislation to curb gun violence. Giffords and Kelly are scheduled to be in Denver, Monday, March 4, 2013 to testify in support of at least one of the seven gun-control bills being considered by the Colorado Legislature. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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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