On January 8, 2011, nobody knew if Gabrielle Giffords would live to see another day. On that day, she was innocently shot in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona by a 22-year-old man, who had opposed her political stances, at a constituent meeting in a supermarket parking lot. Gabby was shot in the head at point-blank range, and was left critically injured, but she did survive. Giffords, along with fifteen others, were injured in the shooting. Six people died during the incident, including 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green and chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Arizona, John Roll.
Today, Gabby Giffords is alive and well, and now she is spreading awareness for gun violence. She is currently on a tour traveling to fourteen different U.S. states to push for gun control reforms. Giffords has titled her campaign "The Vocal Majority Tour", and looks to make a difference. She's also bringing her husband, Mark Kelly, along with her on the six-week tour that will be stopping in a total of forty-three cities across the nation. While on the road, she has also show support for Hillary Clinton as her choice for the next President of United States, as she stated that "Speaking is difficult for me, but come January, I want to say these two words; Madam President". Giffords believes that Clinton will provide the change that this country needs on the issue of gun violence.
The Vocal Majority Tour kicked off on September 27 in none other than Orlando, Florida. States that Gabby will be traveling to include Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, New York, Maine, and Virginia, but many others will also be included. At a recent rally, Mrs. Giffords stated that now, more than ever, is the time that we must come together. She believes that this is an issue that both Republicans and Democrats must come together on. How does Gabby Giffords think we can overcome this issue of gun violence in the U.S? Well, in her words, we must "fight, fight, fight".
I think that Gabby Giffords is a very strong human being. There are not very many people who are able to speak out about such an important issue, let alone go through the terrible things that she has. I think that what she is fighting for is very important for the future of our nation. I think that this is the type of issue that members of all political parties will eventually agree on. I hope that we can soon see a change in this country about the issue of gun violence, for the sake of both people like Gabby Giffords, and the rest of the United States.