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Gabby Giffords, two years later: "I want to make the world a better place."

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gabby giffords mark kelly 2 years later April 2013

Watching Gabby Giffords' progress, listening to her, seeing her struggle two years after she was nearly killed at the point of a gun is as heartening as it is tear-inducing. She is paralyzed on her right side (arm and leg) and also has no peripheral vision on the same side. In other words, she's partially blind now.

CNN:

As a result of her gunshot wound, Giffords suffers from a condition called aphasia, and that it is "very difficult for her," said Kelly. Aphasia is an impairment to language-related functions, such as speaking, writing, listening and reading.

She looks a whole lot like her old self, has that old Giffords spunk, but is still unable to communicate the way she used to.

Here are a few of her responses to Dana Bash's questions:

On how she spends her days: "Occupational therapy, yogurt." (Mark Kelly, her husband, gently corrects her.) "Yoga, yoga!"

On Jared Loughner: "Beady eyes." And, "So sad. Mentally ill."

On her vision: "Not great at all."

On whether she is ever resentful about what happened to her: "No. No. Move ahead. Move ahead."

On herself: "Stronger. Stronger, better, tougher. Stronger, better, tougher."

On her goals: "I want to make the world a better place. I want to make the world a better place."

She has, she has.

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VIDEO: Mother of 9 year-old killed in Tucson shooting demands a plan to end gun violence; Giffords, Kelly launch anti-gun lobby campaign.

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Christina Taylor Green tuscon giffords shooting

"When will you find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby? Whose child has to die next?"

That's what many of us would like to know.

Via email:

Dear Laffy,

My nine-year-old daughter, Christina-Taylor Green, was murdered with a gun in Tucson, Arizona two years ago today.

Since that day, far too many families have gone through similar pain.

Families in Aurora, Colorado. Families in Newtown, Connecticut. Families of the 33 people who are murdered with guns every single day across America.

How many more families need to feel that pain before our leaders take action? What will it take for them to find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby?

Today, please watch the TV ad I made with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and join me in calling on your leaders in Congress to Demand A Plan to end gun violence.

Thank you for supporting families like mine whose loved ones were murdered with guns,

Roxanna Green
Mayors Against Illegal Guns

And via the Demand a Plan site:

Tell your lawmakers that you are calling because we need a plan to end gun violence NOW. We can prevent future tragedies by passing common sense legislation that will:

  1. Require criminal background checks for ALL gun sales, including private sales
  2. Ban assault weapons, including high-capacity magazines
  3. Make gun trafficking a federal crime

PLEASE DONATE.

And while we're on the subject, Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly launched a battle against the gun lobby: No more "fear":  

In an op-ed in USA Today, the two make their goal clear: to counter the influence of the gun lobby.

"Special interests purporting to represent gun owners but really advancing the interests of an ideological fringe have used big money and influence to cow Congress into submission," they write.

"Rather than working to find the balance between our rights and the regulation of a dangerous product, these groups have cast simple protections for our communities as existential threats to individual liberties. Rather than conducting a dialogue, they threaten those who divert from their orthodoxy with political extinction."

Emphasizing that they support the Second Amendment and own two guns themselves, Giffords and Kelly call for "laws to require responsible gun ownership and reduce gun violence."

"Until now, the gun lobby's political contributions, advertising and lobbying have dwarfed spending from anti-gun violence groups. No longer. With Americans for Responsible Solutions engaging millions of people about ways to reduce gun violence and funding political activity nationwide, legislators will no longer have reason to fear the gun lobby."

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VIDEO: One more time, Gabrielle Giffords’ husband is not running for her House seat

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Back in July, I posted: Gabrielle Giffords’ husband: I’m not running for office.

Now I'm posting this video. So, if it already isn't crystal clear, Mark Kelly is not running for office, but he will be caring for his amazing wife:

"I'm not running for here Congressional seat. Why? My job right now is to make sure Gabby has everything she needs."

A great husband to a great woman.

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BREAKING- Staff: Gabrielle Giffords to step down. VIDEO ADDED.

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H/t: Politico for the video.

So far all I got was an email alert of the headline:

Gabrielle Giffords to Step Down from Congress, Staff Says

For more on this and other breaking news go to ABCNews.com: http://abcnews.go.com?nwltr=bn

UPDATE, via ABC:

Full statement from Giffords:

“Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We need to not change that but I know on the issues we fought for we can change things for the better. We can do so much more by working together. I don’t remember much from that horrible day but I will never forget the trust you placed in be to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery and so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week I’m getting better every day. My spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.”

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VIDEO: Tucson survivors share their stories 1 year later; Rep. Gabrielle Giffords attends remembrance, speaks to Pres. Obama

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Learn more at http://FixGunChecks.org/Tucson | The January 8th, 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona was a national tragedy that left six people dead and 13 injured, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

And via email:

One thing that helped me cope this past year was seeing our nation come together to support survivors and families that lost loved ones. And that’s what I hope happens again today.

Join me in honoring those we lost in Tucson and anyone who has been devastated by gun violence.
Share a message or a prayer with survivors, attend a vigil if there’s one near you or just share a moment of silence with your family:

http://www.FixGunChecks.org/Tucson

Whatever you do, I want to thank you for standing with all of us in Tucson and for honoring everyone affected by gun violence.

Sincerely,
Colonel Bill Badger
Tucson Survivor

P.S. -- There are lots of ways you can show your support for victims of gun violence today. Click here to learn more.

It's been a year... hard to believe:

PHOENIX (AP) -- Staffers of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and hundreds of others are gathering to remember those killed a year ago, including a slain colleague.

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer showed up, too.

Tucson, Arizona (CNN) -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords talked with President Barack Obama on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of a southern Arizona shooting rampage that left her and 12 others wounded and six people dead.

The congresswoman will be among those marking the somber occasion by attending a vigil Sunday night on University of Arizona's campus, one of several such memorial events in recent days.

Gabby Giffords is a beautiful, walking (!!) miracle whose life was drastically changed due to a bullet to her head. And that bullet came from a crazy man's gun with a magazine that held way more bullets than anyone could possibly need which made it way more easy to shoot, injure, and/or kill way too many innocent people.

And finally, this:

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Video Added- Rep. Gabby Giffords serves Thanksgiving meal at Arizona air base

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Photo update, h/t: @HugMySoul

Gabby Giffords is a holiday miracle, and her husband Mark Kelly is a saint:

Tucson, Ariz. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is helping serve a Thanksgiving meal to service members and retirees at a military base in her hometown of Tucson, Ariz.

Today's heartwarming Moment of Happy.


Added video and bumped- Paddy

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John Boehner didn't visit Rep. Gabby Giffords after shooting

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If you missed last night's interview with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, you can see some of it here. It was bittersweet, terrifying, sad, joyous, thought-provoking, and mandatory viewing.

How anyone wouldn't open their heart to such a brave, strong, spirited woman is beyond me, yet Mr. Sensitivity, Mr. Family Values Guy, Mr. I Know What's Right For America, Mr. Speaker of the House of all Representatives-- even Dems-- John Boehner, has managed to keep his distance. I'm sure that made Gabby feel like a million bucks.

Via The Hill:

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's (D-Ariz.) husband scolded House Speaker John Boehner for failing to visit his wounded wife while she was recovering from injuries sustained in a shooting in his and Giffords' new book.

Mark Kelly writes that Boehner (R-Ohio) didn't take an opportunity to visit Giffords when he was in Houston for a basketball game [...]

"Considering that she was a member of Congress and he was the highest-ranking member, we thought he'd ask to visit Gabby or at least give a call to see how she was doing," Kelly writes in "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope." "Our only contact with him had been a simple get-well card he'd sent a few days after Gabby was injured."

But they didn't hear from the speaker.

The Boehner's gone from obstruction to desertion. What a pal.

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