Three Years Since Tucson
Today marks the three-year anniversary of the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, which killed six and wounded 13, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords took to the pages of the New York Times today to compare her own tireless rehabilitation since the shooting to the efforts to pass meaningful gun safety reforms. Despite frequent setbacks and incremental progress, she wrote, “every day, we must wake up resolved and determined.”
Giffords also shared some inspiring personal news. After countless hours of physical therapy, she finally has movement in her right arm. Gabby tweeted the news, along with her op-ed, and the dual meaning of her message was evident:
Three years after the shooting that almost took my life, I can move my arm again. Grit can overcome paralysis. http://t.co/LuDvqDajO0
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) January 8, 2014
And in case the world needed any more evidence of her courage? She also decided to mark the anniversary of the shooting by going sky-diving.
There’s been real progress to prevent gun violence since the Tucson shooting–but there have also been real tragedies. Take a look at the infographic below to see for yourself: