Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) resigns her seat in Congress this week. As widely reported, Giffords, along with a number of other people were injured during a shooting rampage when Jared Loughner opened fire at a “Congress on Your Corner” event sponsored by the congresswoman. Six people were killed during the violence, including nine-year-old Christina Taylor.
A little over a year ago on January 8, 2011, Giffords was shot in the head by Loughner while speaking to costituents in the parking lot of a Safeway grocery store. In addition to the six killed, 13 others were wounded by the attack. In November of last year during an interview on 20/20, Giffords announced her intentions to return to Congress to continue working once she got better.
Congresswoman Giffords had lots of support during her time recovering in a Houston hospital. It is a remarkable turnaround for someone shot almost point-blank in the head. She worked hard to get back to the point where she is now but it seems she has a lot more work to do.
In a video on her Facebook page, Giffords left the following message: “Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery. So to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week.” Giffords has served the people in 8<sup>th</sup> congressional district since 2006.
It is refreshing to see a politician take the time to make a thoughtful decision. She ultimately made the decision in the best interest of her constituents in Arizona and for herself. It’s been a long road to recovery and she has a long way to go. So as Gabrielle Giffords resigns her seat hopefully she will be able to get better and recover to the point she was at before the tragedy.
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