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Gabby Giffords calls on voters to elect Joe Biden, end gun violence

Aug 19, 2020, 6:42 PM | Updated: 9:40 pm

PHOENIX — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona called on voters to support Joe Biden as means of combating gun violence in America during the third night of the Democratic National Convention.

“America needs all of us to speak out, even when you have to fight to find the words,” Giffords said.

“We are at a crossroads: we can let the shooting continue or we can act. We can protect our families, our future. We can vote. We can be on the right side of history.

“We must elect Joe Biden. He was there for me; he will be there for you, too.”

Giffords, who served in the House from 2007 to 2012, has been an outspoken advocate for gun safety the past several years. She was shot in the head at a campaign event in Tucson is 2011 and nearly died.

Giffords endorsed Joe Biden’s campaign in March. Her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, is running against Republican incumbent Sen. Martha McSally.

“Vote, vote, vote,” Giffords said as she concluded her remarks.

Other speakers on the convention’s third night night, the theme for which is “A More Perfect Union,” include former President Barack Obama, 2016 party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Biden running mate Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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