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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Photo: Screenshot from Youtube

98 comments

LMj Sunshine

Amazing person, wishing her all the best!

LMj Sunshine

Amazing person, wishing her all the best!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

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

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal4 years ago

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.

Christine Stewart

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

Frances C.
Frances C.4 years ago

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.

Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine4 years ago

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.

Chad A.
Chad Anderson4 years ago

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.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago

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.

Nancy Black
Nancy Black4 years ago

Remarkable woman and human being. If we are fortunate, she will be able someday to come back to public service. Such a tragedy; such a waste.