Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona), who was severely wounded just over one year ago in a shooting rampage, announced Sunday that she is resigning from Congress.
“I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week,” she told supporters in a Youtube video message, posted below. “I’m getting better, every day.”
Giffords says she will resign this week from Congress so that she can devote herself to her rehabilitation, which has been under way for more than a year since a bullet pierced her brain during the mass shooting in a Tucson parking lot that left six people dead.
Representative Giffords Speaks Slowly But Deliberately
At Care2, we have been closely following the tragic story of this remarkable woman, from January 8, 2011, the day of her shooting, through her amazing resilience and recovery, and her long road to rehabilitation.
In her video, Giffords speaks clearly but deliberately, but it is heartbreaking to watch this beautiful woman: we applaud her courage, but realize what a huge loss this is for Arizona.
She also addresses the shooting in her statement.
“I don’t remember much from that horrible day but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice,” Giffords says. “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. I’m getting better, every day. My spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.”
We Salute The Courage Of This Remarkable Woman
This is not the time to consider the future of Arizona politics. This is the moment to pause and celebrate Gabrielle Giffords, who is showing us all what courage looks like. Thank you, Gabby.
Please watch this video – and keep the Kleenex handy.
Photo: Screenshot from Youtube