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Giffords returns to shooting scene

Giffords returns to shooting scene

Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords addresses a news conference for victims of the January 8, 2011 Tucson shooting incident in TucsonTUCSON — Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, returning to the site of the shooting rampage where she was gravely wounded, yesterday urged senators to “be courageous” and support background checks for all gun buyers.

Standing just a few feet from where a gunman more than two years ago put a bullet through Giffords’ head and then opened fire on constituents, Giffords and husband Mark Kelly urged Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Republicans, to support a universal background check system.

“Be bold. Be courageous. Be for background checks,” said Giffords, who is a Democrat.

The shooting left her with speech difficulties, a pronounced limp and a partially paralysed right arm, which she cradled in her left as she spoke. Six people were killed and 13 others wounded in the attack.

Flanked by other victims and family members of several people slain in the shooting, Giffords and Kelly urged US lawmakers and voters to get behind a bill in Congress that would require background checks for all gun transfers or purchases.

About 100 people attended the event, including media, Giffords’ entourage and passers-by. It was Giffords’ first public appearance at the suburban Safeway grocery store where college dropout Jared Loughner opened fire at her congressional outreach meeting on January 8, 2011. She and Kelly, a former astronaut, visited the scene unannounced a year after the shooting.

Giffords resigned from Congress a year after the shooting to focus on her recovery.

In the wake of an assault-rifle attack that left 26 people — including 20 elementary school children — dead at a Newtown, Connecticut, school in December, Giffords and Kelly founded a new group aimed at curbing gun violence and challenging the political clout of the well-funded gun lobby. (Reuters)

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