Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois and former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords worked together in the U.S. House of Representatives before each underwent life-changing incidents in the last two years: Kirk suffered a stroke; Giffords was seriously injured in a shooting. Now their paths cross again as they take leadership roles in the effort to reduce gun violence. At left, Kirk sits for an interview. At right, Giffords testifies with her husband, Mark Kelly, before a Senate panel Wednesday.
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Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in the mass shooting that killed six people in Tucson, Ariz. two years ago, sits with her husband Mark Kelly before speaking at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence Wednesday.
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On Wednesday morning, as U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk was introducing bipartisan gun trafficking legislation, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, issuing a halting plea to Congress to "be bold. Be courageous," on gun control. For the third time in as many Januaries, the lives of the two intersected.