Former Arizona Representative and gun violence survivor Gabby Giffords is encouraging everyone to be courageous in the fight against gun violence.
On January 8, 2011, Giffords was shot in the head in an assassination attempt, which killed six bystanders and injured 20. Since her recovery, she has been an avid activist for anti-gun violence causes. Having experienced the horrors of gun violence first hand, Giffords has urged lawmakers to take action against the many mass shootings that have plagued the country.
“These are scary times,” she explained. “Racism, sexism, violence. It’s time to stand up for what’s right. It’s time for courage. We must to better — we must stop gun violence. Protect our children, protect our students let them lead the way. Make our country a safer place. A better place.”
Giffords encouraged those who have the courage to fight to stand with her and to vote in the upcoming midterm elections for candidates who share their ideals.
“Stopping gun violence takes courage. The courage to do what’s right. The courage of new ideas,” she stated. “I’ve seen great courage when my life was on the line. Now it’s time to come together, be responsible. Democrats, Republicans, everyone. We must never stop fighting. Fight — be bold. Be courageous the nation’s counting on you. Thank you very much.”