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Interview with Senator Barbara Boxer

By The Ed Show, The Ed Show - January 8, 2013

THE ED SHOW with ED SCHULTZJanuary 8, 2013

Guests: Barbara Boxer, Randi Weingarten, Bob Shrum, Howard Fineman, William Cohan

ED SCHULTZ, HOST: Good evening, Americans. And welcome to THE ED SHOW from New York.

The battle over sensible gun laws has finally reached a tipping point.

This is THE ED SHOW -- let`s get to work.

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ROXANNA GREEN, TUCSON, AZ: Twenty heartbroken families lost a child in the Sandy Hook School shooting. I know how much it hurts. My 9-year-old daughter was murdered in the Tucson shooting.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): Two years after the tragedy in Tucson, Gabrielle Giffords is taking the NRA head-on. And a powerful new ad calls for courage in Congress.

GREEN: Whose child has to die next?

SCHULTZ: Senator Barbara Boxer is here on the progress.

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Congress has hit a new low.

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SCHULTZ: Even root canals are more popular.

Bob Shrum and Howard Fineman are here to assess the damages.

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SCHULTZ: Good to have you tonight, folks. Thanks for watching.

Forces are manning on both sides of the debate, on gun legislation in America. On the heels of the horrific massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, something needs to change.

Here is one reason why. Two years ago today, a gunman opened fire in Tucson, Arizona, in a parking lot. He shot 19 people, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. With a gun carries 33 rounds and a magazine of ammunition. Six people died, including one child. The mother of that child now has a strong message for our elected leaders in Washington.

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GREEN: Twenty heartbroken families lost a child in the sandy hook school shooting. I know how much it hurts. My 9-year-old daughter was murdered in the Tucson shooting.

I have one question for our political leaders. When will you find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby? Whose child has to die next?

To every mother, we cannot wait. We have to demand a plan.

Go to demandaplan.org and add your name.

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SCHULTZ: The ad is part of a campaign by the group Mayors Against illegal Guns. "Demand a Plan" has a three-step solution to reduce gun violence in America. They want a criminal background check for every gun sold in the country, a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines, and they want to make gun trafficking a federal crime, all common sense stuff.

Groups like "Demand a Plan" want to keep the focus on this issue as Vice President Joe Biden and his task force hold meetings this week to create a path forward. Tomorrow, Wednesday, the vice president will meet with the victims groups and gun safety advocates.

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