Nicole Hockley, whose son was murdered, is lobbying Congress for tighter gun control restrictions with other Sandy Hook families. She tells Anderson Cooper about her son, Dylan, and her mission in his memory.
Senator James Risch says expanding background checks will catch criminals, but it won't prevent them from getting guns. Anderson Cooper asks him about his views and why he's part of a group of GOP Senators who are planning to block a debate on gun legislation – he's the only one out of the 14 lawmakers who would agree to talk about it on AC360.
Programming note: Watch the second part of Dana Bash's interview with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET Wednesday.
Gabby Giffords, a powerful advocate for stricter gun legislation, is optimistic about universal background checks. She and her husband, Mark Kelly, spoke exclusively with CNN's Dana Bash about her recovery and efforts to change gun laws.
Editor's note: See more of Dana Bash's interview with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight.
What is most shocking about Gabby Giffords now is how much she looks like her old self. Her golden locks are back, so is the sparkle in her eyes and her broad smile. Gone is the short hair and thin frame we saw at the beginning of her recovery.
Yet she knows she will never be the same.
"Stronger. Stronger, better, tougher. Stronger, better, tougher." That's how Giffords describes herself.
The former Arizona congresswoman makes that declaration with determination and gusto. But it still takes a considerable amount of energy and concentration to articulate that, or anything else.
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