Giffords to visit Newtown
January 3rd, 2013
07:43 PM ET
1 year ago

Giffords to visit Newtown

(CNN) – Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has a "planned but not confirmed visit" to Newtown, Connecticut scheduled for Friday, Steve Jensen with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman's office told CNN.

Her visit comes after a gunman killed his own mother and 26 people–20 of them children–at a Newtown elementary school before turning the gun on himself last month.

If the visit happens, there will be no media access, Jensen added.

Shortly after the school shooting, Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, wrote in a Facebook post that lawmakers needed to take part in "meaningful discussion about our gun laws."

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the entire community of Newtown, CT. I just spoke to Gabby, and she sends her prayers from Tucson.

As we mourn, we must sound a call for our leaders to stand up and do what is right. This time our response must consist of more than regret, sorrow, and condolence. The children of Sandy Hook Elementary School and all victims of gun violence deserve leaders who have the courage to participate in a meaningful discussion about our gun laws – and how they can be reformed and better enforced to prevent gun violence and death in America. This can no longer wait.

Giffords was shot in the head in January 2011 during a Tucson mass shooting that killed six and wounded 13. She retired from Congress a year later.


Filed under: Connecticut • Gabrielle Giffords
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Anthony Maisano III

    Meriden, CT
    Thank you for lending the people impacted in the Sandy Hook Tragedy your strength. The distance you've traveled will show ALL what is possible.

    January 3, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. Name lynn

    thats so sweet that giffords up an is doing great fine shes really been through a lots now that the lord let her live god bless you giffords an your family

    January 3, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. K. Pelletier

    Cultures are changed by simple flaps of a butterfly wing....we can come together and find ways to address our gun culture for the better

    January 3, 2013 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  4. stevephoenix

    Gifford's shooter...Mentally Ill
    Aurora Theater shooter...Mentally ill
    Mall Shooter...Mentally Ill
    Newtown shooter...Mentally Ill

    With millions of law-abiding gun owners in the USA, don't ya think they may be barking up the wrong tree?

    January 4, 2013 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  5. Marie MD

    It's nice to see that Giffords continues to do what she likes which is to help and be there for people.
    She deserves respect.

    January 4, 2013 06:42 am at 6:42 am |