Gabrielle Giffords: We need courage to face our gun-safety problem now.
Gabby Giffords, who was nearly killed by a gunman during a 2011 shooting that claimed six lives, said in a statement Wednesday that she is “heartbroken” about the shooting at a congressional baseball practice session that injured one congressman and several others who were present.
“I woke up Wednesday morning to images I have prayed I would never see again: a member of Congress and a congressional aide, shot,” Giffords wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.
The former Arizona lawmaker went on to say that her response to the shooting was to pray for those involved and for their safety and “courage” moving forward. She also said she prayed that her colleagues would have the “courage” to look for solutions to gun violence and new ways to prevent such shootings.
“We must acknowledge that a deadly problem like this brings a responsibility to find solutions,” Giffords wrote. “And that’s where we, as a nation, will need courage in abundance, as my former colleagues find the strength to recover from their wounds — and the bravery to try to make shootings like this one less likely in the future.”
Giffords, who was shot at a community event in Arizona in 2011, also referenced the Sandy Hook Elementary School and Pulse nightclub mass shootings in her plea for Congress to take action.
“We will dig deep and work together to make sure that in America, teams can gather to play baseball, children can go to school, friends can meet at a dance club and elected officials can go out in public among their neighbors and constituents, all without fear of gun violence,” she wrote.
“We will all need courage to speak to one another and actually listen; to put aside partisan political differences and talk with one another, not yell or call names.”