Saturday 24 February 2018

Gun victim Giffords returns to scene of shooting

Amanda Crawford

Gabrielle Giffords, the former Democratic congresswoman from Tucson, Arizona, who was shot in the head at a 2011 constituent event, returned to the supermarket where she was wounded and urged lawmakers to "be courageous" and "support background checks" on gun ownership.

Giffords and other survivors of the shooting urged passage of a measure that would require background checks for all US gun purchases. Six people were killed and 12 people besides Giffords were injured in the shooting at the store.

Giffords, a 42-year-old Democrat, was hurt in the rampage that killed, among others, a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl named Christina-Taylor Green. Among the wounded was US Rep Ron Barber, a Democrat and former Giffords staff member who succeeded her in office.

The gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, pleaded guilty and is serving life in prison.

Irish Independent

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