It's a showdown on guns, featuring two powerful but conflicting forces in the gun control movement -- Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.; and Wayne LaPierre, the fiery executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association. The two testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee today in the first congressional hearing on gun violence since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last month.The contrast between the Giffords-Kelly testimony and the LaPierre testimony won't be the only exclamation point at the hearing: the membership of the Senate Judiciary Committee itself includes ardent supporters of a guns-everywhere policy like Sen. Ted "Calgary" Cruz (R-
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will also appear at the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on gun violence alongside her husband Mark Kelly this morning, ABC's Polson Kanneth has confirmed. She will give an opening statement.
As of yesterday, all witnesses were to appear on the same panel with Kelly testifying first and LaPierre testifying last.
The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM ET and will be broadcast live on the Senate's website.