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THE COURAGE TO FIGHT GUN VIOLENCE

For more than 15 years, Gabby Giffords has been a dedicated public servant. Originally a registered Republican and later elected as a Democrat, Gabby is known as a political moderate and recognized for her steadfast bipartisanship across many issues. In 2000, Gabby was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives. Elected to represent the 8th District of Arizona, Gabby served in Congress from 2006 to 2012.

On January 8, 2011, Gabby was shot while meeting with constituents in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona. The shooter killed six people and wounded 13 others. Despite her critical injuries, Gabby embarked on a courageous rehabilitation journey.

Against all odds, Gabby’s dedication to the American people has never wavered.

Following the mass shooting of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012, Gabby and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, gun owners themselves, announced the formation of an organization to fight the gun violence epidemic. Originally named Americans for Responsible Solutions, the organization quickly became known as a leader in the growing movement to save lives from gun violence.

In 2016, Americans for Responsible Solutions joined forces with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence to expand its mission, increase its impact, and launch the organization today known as Giffords.