v/o Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords walking into hearing room

Two years after she was shot in the head in a mass shooting, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

walked haltingly before lawmakers--and made a brief impassioned plea for tougher gun laws.



''it will be hard but the time is now. You must act.''

v/o b roll of Newtown, connecticut shooting

she spoke at the first congressional hearing since 20 children and 6 adults were killed at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut

v/o shot of Senator Diane Feinstein at 11:23

One lawmakers' proposal would reinstate the ban on certain assault weapons and ban high capacity magazines.

v/o b broll of Mark Kelly at 10:35--can backtime to SOT

Giffords husband, Mark Kelly, says limiting magazines to 10 rounds might have saved some of the Arizona victims:

SOT: Mark Kelly

10:35 a..m.

''Christina Taylor Green, 9 years old, born on 9-11 of 2001 was shot with the 13th bullet or after--and others followed.''

v/o wide shot of committee room

But the call for tougher laws, including universal background checks, was rejected by a top official of the National Rifle Association.

SOT: Wayne LaPierre, executive v-p, National Rifle Association


''Background checks will never be universal because criminals will never submit to them.''

v/o 'b' roll of committee chairman Patrick Leahy--

Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy challenged LaPierre on that comment:

SOT: 11:11 a.m.

Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman, Senate Judiciary committee and Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president, National Rifle association:

Leahy: Back in 1999 you said no loopholes anywhere for anyone., but now you do not support background

checks for all buyers of firearms.

LaPierre: I think the national instant check system the way its working now is a failure because this administration is not prosecuting the people that they catch

vo/ wide shot of committee

The hearing broke no new ground--and underscored the division across the country--and

within the committee--about what might be done....

v/o b roll of Grassley at 10:22

Many Republicans made clear their support of the right to bear arms

v/o 'b' roll of President Obama

and even though new gun control legislation is a top priority for the president

v/o 'b' roll of senate floor (how boring)

winning the support of Democrats from Republican-leaning states could be difficult.

jb ap capitol hill