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November 9th, 2012
10:38 AM ET

Loughner shooting victim: Sentencing day 'emotional,' urges lawmakers to mitigate gun violence


Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords stood next to her husband in court Thursday as he spoke directly to Jared Loughner, the Arizona man who tried to assassinate the then-congresswoman in a January 2011 shooting.

"Mr. Loughner, you may have put a bullet through her head, but you haven't put a dent in her spirit and her commitment to make the world a better place," former astronaut Mark Kelly said.

Giffords was seriously wounded when Loughner walked up and shot her in the head during her meet-and-greet event with constituents outside a Tucson grocery store on January 8, 2011. A federal judge, a congressional aide and four others were killed and 12 other people suffered wounds.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns sentenced Loughner to serve the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. The punishment includes seven consecutive life terms plus 140 years.

Patricia Maisch, who helped wrestle a magazine of bullets from Jared Loughner, joins "Starting Point" this morning to weigh in on Loughner's life sentence and increased efforts at gun control.

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