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Gabby Giffords Goes Skydiving On The 3-Year Anniversary Of Her Shooting

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“It’s been step by step since I was shot three years ago. I’ve overcome a lot. Progress has come from working hard. Today, I grieve, I remember, and I take another step. I’m stronger now. I’m winning back movement in my right arm. So I have the opportunity to do something I love: skydiving with my friend, former Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch. Southern Arizona will look beautiful, peaceful from the top of the sky.”

Three years ago, on January 8th, 2011, Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and 18 others were shot at a constituent meeting in Tucson. Six people died; Giffords sustained brain damage and was partially paralyzed. Today, she posted this hopeful update on her Facebook page, in addition to a New York Times op-ed about the gains she’s made in physical therapy and the gun reform activism that’s become her new life purpose. In true fearless Gabby fashion, she’s celebrating her milestones by jumping out of a plane. She is such an inspiration. We wish her the best in her continuing recovery and her quest for sensible gun laws.

Today’s Lady News: Rep. Gabby Giffords Resigns From Congress

  • One year following a gunshot wound to the head, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) formally resigned from Congress today. Her friend Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz tearfully read a letter aloud to their legislator peers in which Giffords vowed to come back after her recuperation. It looks like there wasn’t a dry eye in the House. (And it wouldn’t be a tearjerker moment without House Speaker John Boehner crying, too.) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said of Giffords, “She has brought the word ‘dignity’ to new heights by her courage.” [CNN, Politico]
  • No fetus-eating for you! An Oklahoma legislator has introduced a bill to the state senate to ban the consumption of human fetuses. You know what they say: first abortion is legal, then the feminists are eating babies. [Jezebel]
  • Navy SEALs rescued aid worker Jessica Buchanan, 32, yesterday, who was kidnapped on October 25 at a refugee camp in Somalia where she worked as a Christian aid worker. Jessica’s Danish colleague Poul Hagen Thisted was also rescued during the raid. [Newser]
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