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Breaking: Gabrielle Giffords Resigns From Congress (Video)

Breaking: Gabrielle Giffords Resigns From Congress (Video)

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.

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2:22PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Amazing person, wishing her all the best!

2:22PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Amazing person, wishing her all the best!

5:27PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Very wise...so she can jump back even stronger.

9:20PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

Time to focus on her healing so that upon her return, Gabrielle is powerful. Perhaps her strength will influence any small minded politicians to make a difference for humanity, and quit playing selfish games with one another.

4:58PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

Wow- what a tough woman! I hope she will make a full recovery soon.

1:38PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

The world is a better place with GG in it. She will not be missed by me - for I will keep up on her recovery and success thereof.
BEST TO YOU, GG THROUGHOUT THESE TRYING DAYS. YOU MAKE IT LOOK SO EASY. YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE NEEDS OF ALL - INCLUDING YOURS, ARE SIMPLY REMARKABLE. YOU ARE A BEACON OF HOPE, FAITH, ENDURANCE, AND COMPASSION ABOVE ALL.

12:22PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

With her courage and fortitude she should make a full recovery. I hope she will go back to the Congress when she recovers. We need people like Gabby in our Congress.

3:16AM PST on Jan 24, 2012

I hope that ther people of her district get such remarkable representation from their next representative. Ms. Giffords still has a lot of time to recover and a lot of living ahead of her where she can and will do a lot of good for the world.

11:54PM PST on Jan 23, 2012

The first thing she needs to do is put herself first and get well. I hope she is fully recovered soon and she and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.

10:36PM PST on Jan 23, 2012

Gebrielle needs to take care of herself first. She is/was our one light in the legislature. She did more for veterans than any other Arizonan. Hope to see her back in a few years.

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