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Gabrielle Giffords Responds To Congressional Softball Shooting

By in Huffington Post on June 14, 2017

By Paige Lavender

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) issued a statement on a shooting that targeted Congressional Republicans in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday.

My heart is with my former colleagues, their families & staff, and the US Capitol Police- public servants and heroes today and every day.

— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) June 14, 2017

GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was among those shot when a gunman opened fire on a group of people practicing for a congressional baseball game. Alexandria Police said the shooter is in custody and that victims were being transported to nearby hospitals.

Giffords was shot in the head while meeting with constituents outside a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona, in 2011. Six people died in that shooting, including Gabe Zimmerman, who served as Giffords’s community outreach director.

She and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, have spent the years following her shooting advocating for stricter gun control laws. The couple founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, a group that works to raise awareness of gun violence.

Earlier this month, Giffords called out President Donald Trump for his response to a terror attack in London during which knives and a vehicle were used to hurt people.

Mr. President, every day we are having a gun debate because every day 90 people in our country die from gun violence. Many of them are kids. https://t.co/Pv6z2ILKl1

— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) June 4, 2017

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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