Among a group of survivors and advocates for gun law reform, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was critically injured in a 2011 shooting said, ''speaking is difficult for me, but come January, I want to say these two words: 'Madame President.''' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Families of shooting victims spoke out at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday (July 27), calling for gun law reform in congress. Christine Leinonen, mother of Christopher "Drew" Leinonen who was killed at Orlando's Pulse Nightclub recently, said "the weapon that murdered my son fires thirty rounds in one minute," and urged lawmakers to reconsider guns laws. Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard said "the shooter in Charleston had hate in his heart" similar to other mass shooters, but said 'I choose love.'" Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was critically injured in 2011 when a gunman shot her in the head and then opened fire on constituents in Tucson. During the convention, Giffords said to a round of applause, "speaking is difficult for me, but come January I want to say these two words, 'Madame President.'" The issues of gun rights and gun control have been high in the national debate since 49 people were killed by a gunman on June 12 at an Orlando gay nightclub in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Hillary Clinton made history when she secured the party's nomination on Tuesday. When she formally accepts it on Thursday, she will become the Democratic standard-bearer against Republican nominee Trump in the Nov. 8 election. Speakers in the third night of the Democratic National Convention include Vice President Joe Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, her VP pick Senator Tim Kaine, and U.S. President Barack Obama.