Gabby Gifford Resigns from Congress

From Time Magazine:

Just over a year after being shot in the head by a crazed constituent at a Congress-on-your-corner event at a Tuscon super market, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Sunday announced via Facebook that she is resigning her office.

“I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week,” she said in a video statement posted on Facebook. The two-minute clip was overlaid with images of Giffords before and after the shooting, working with constituents and recovering. “I’m getting better every day,” she said. “My spirit is high.”

(PHOTOSGiffords One Year After the Shooting)

Giffords spent much of this month honoring the victims of the shooting, which wounded 13 and left six dead. The shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, is schizophrenic and courts are still trying to decide if he is competent to stand trial. He pleaded not guilty in March.

Giffords spent most of 2011 in rehabilitation and speech still comes slowly to her, as evidenced by the handful of interviews she’s given recently to promote her best selling book, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope… (read more)

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