By John Powers | Photographed by Norman Jean Roy | Vogue
When Gabrielle Giffords heard about the shooting of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last December, she decided enough was enough.
Like everyone else that day, she knew that gun violence is a national epidemic—the Sandy Hook massacre came in the wake of the theater killings in Aurora, Colorado, five months earlier (not to mention fourteen other mass shootings last year alone). But unlike most of us, Giffords knew firsthand how guns can change your whole life in an instant. Her authority was born of cruel experience. She and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, concluded they could no longer delay confronting the issue. “We realized,” he tells me, “that now is the time. We have to do something.”
The interview with Gabby Giffords and husband Mark Kelly appears in the March issue of Vogue.
Behind the Scenes with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly: January 30th 2013
Follow Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly behind-the-scenes as they testify about gun violence prevention before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Join their fight at http://www.americansforresponsiblesolutions.org
Gabby Giffords Statement At Gun VIolence Hearing
“Thank you for inviting me here today. This is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for Democrats and Republicans. Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something. It will be hard but the time is now. You must act. Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Thank you.”
Jennifer Bendery - Huffington Post
Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was shot in the head in the Jan. 2011 shootings in Tucson, Ariz., will give opening remarks in Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, a source confirmed to The Huffington Post.
Mark Kelly, Giffords’ husband, was already scheduled to testify in the hearing, but the news of Giffords’ testimony was previously unannounced.
Wednesday’s hearing is the first congressional hearing focused on gun violence since the December shootings at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. It is also sure to be dramatic: Seated alongside Giffords and Kelly will be Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association.
Giffords and Kelly are among those leading the charge to reform gun laws. The couple launched a gun safety group last month called Americans for Responsible Solutions and visited with the families of the Newtown shooting victims.
Gabby casting her ballot in today’s special election with Democratic candidate Ron Barber.
Massive tax giveaways to the wealthiest one percent. Ending all corporate taxes. Abolishing the minimum wage. Eliminating Medicare and Social Security.
That’s not Gabby Giffords legacy!
But unless we step up right now, it could be. Because those are all positions held by Jesse Kelly, the extreme Tea Party Republican nominee in the special election to fill the remainder of Gabby’s term.
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Representative Gabrielle Giffords has announced her resignation from the United States Congress so that she can continue to recover.
Even though we can’t all give Gabby a hug, we can thank her and leave her a note wishing her well in the weeks, months, and years to come.
We’ll make sure every note is delivered to her.
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08) decision to resign from Congress.
"The entire nation has felt like one of Gabrielle Giffords’ constituents. She will be deeply missed by her friends and colleagues in Congress.
Today, Gabrielle is proving once again that she is a true public servant – putting the needs of her constituents ahead of her own. Her commitment to her constituents leaves a legacy that humbles us. We all thank her and honor her service and we thank her staff for their steadfast courage and unyielding devotion in the face of the unimaginable.
We look forward to working with a Democratic candidate who fits this district and shares those values that Gabrielle holds dear to carry on her work.”