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Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Statement on the 12th Anniversary of the Tucson Shooting

Tucson, AZ — Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords released the following statement on the 12 year anniversary of the Tucson shooting, where she and 18 others were shot during a “Congress on Your Corner” event. Two years after the shooting, former Congresswoman Giffords founded the gun violence prevention organization, Giffords, which is marking its 10th anniversary today.

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:

“Twelve years ago today, I was holding one of my favorite events, Congress on Your Corner, at a local Safeway in Tucson. Then everything changed.

“Six people were shot and killed: Christina-Taylor Green, Dorothy Morris, Judge John Roll, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard, Gabe Zimmerman. I was shot in the head. Twelve more people were injured. Tucson is a community of strength and resilience. We leaned on one another as we mourned and healed together. 

“In the weeks and months after, I relearned how to walk and talk. Two years after I was shot, 20 children and six adults were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary. I said ‘enough is enough’ and founded the organization today known as Giffords. 

“Over the past decade, we’ve built a movement more powerful than the gun lobby and changed the conversation around gun safety. Just like my recovery, progress happens step by step. It starts with hope, and then the courage to act on that hope. Together, we can create a future free from gun violence.”


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