Former Lawmaker & Mass Shooting Survivor Gabby Giffords Reflects on Attack by Colorado Gunman
Gabby Giffords, a mass shooting survivor, has spoken up about the recent Boulder shooting and asks that appropriate actions be taken. This comes only ten years after she was shot in the head by a gunman.
In the wake of the recent shooting in Boulder, Colorado, former lawmaker Gabby Giffords has spoken up, pleading with people in power to take necessary action while recalling her own experience.
In a tweet shared by Giffords on Tuesday, the former lawmaker described the shooting as a tragedy, adding that only last weekend also suffered a similar fate at a Philadelphia house party.
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Giffords also referenced the attacks on Asian American women that sprung up last week. She continued, noting that the frequent gun-related attacks could be avoided and urged leaders to take action.
The former lawmaker also expressed her sadness over the recent Boulder incident, writing that her heart sinks for those waiting to hear from their loved ones in the area.
Giffords talked about how the recent tragedies could have been prevented, noting that everyone whose life was suddenly cut off had dreams and people who loved them
She continued, describing the shootings as a personal tragedy for her, referencing her experience in a mass shooting that left her gravely injured and many others dead.
Several other celebrities and public figures have reacted, condemning the incident and advocating for a gun control reform.
In 2011, Giffords, who was representing Arizona's 8th congressional district at the time, was meeting with a group of people when a gunman opened fire.
Giffords was shot in the head while six people, including Judge John Roll and a nine-year-old girl named Christina-Taylor Green, were killed. More than ten other people were wounded.
Though the gunman was apprehended and has been in prison since his sentence, Giffords remains an advocate for gun control. She also never fails to honor the people who lost their lives at the tragic incident.
In January 2020, Giffords took to Twitter, remembering victims of the shooting and reflecting on how much had changed following the incident.
Following the Boulder shooting, several other celebrities and public figures have reacted, condemning the incident and advocating for a gun control reform.
Former first lady Michelle Obama wrote that she was heartbroken and urged people across America to prevent further tragedies by supporting the gun reform bill.
Public figures including former president Barack Obama, former secretary of state Hilary Clinton, singer Luke Bryan and many more have also spoken up, clamoring for actions to be taken.
While the whole of America waits for their voices to be heard, there is no doubt that even in years to come, people who have lost their lives to gun violence will always be remembered.