In a video communication today Representative Gabrielle Giffords resigned from her office as Arizona Representative to the House. On January 8th, 2011, while holding an event for "Congress on Your Corner", Gabrielle Giffords and several supporters were gathered at a Safeway near Tuscon, Arizona when 22 year old Jared Lee Loughner shot her at point blank range in the left temple before killing 6 people and injuring several others in what is now called the 2011 Tuscon Shooting. Giffords miraculously survived the point blank shooting, and after a year of intensive therapy and recovery, Gabrielle is able to walk and talk. Even though she has made incredible progress in a year's time, she feels that she cannot serve the state of Arizona in the capacity that she wishes and that she would resign from the House of Representatives so that she can focus on her recovery. Giffords promises that she will return to politics after her full recovery, and her full statement read:
"Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We need to not change that but I know on the issues we fought for we can change things for the better. We can do so much more by working together. I don't remember much from that horrible day but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery and so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week I'm getting better every day. My spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country."
Gabrielle Giffords has inspired millions of Americans with her message of bipartisanship, and her amazing story of survival and subsequent recovery and bravery. Giffords was very instrumental in passing legislature that improved border security in Arizona.
Part of this story hits home here in Kansas City, as the shooter involved in the 2011 Tuscon Shooting, Jared Lee Loughner, was sent to MCFP Hospital for Federal Prisoners located in Springfield, Missouri. Loughner's trial is suspended until his psychological evaluation is completed. Recently, Judge Larry Burns has requested that Loughner's psychological evaluation be completed by January 25th, 2012. Loughner's primary psychiatrist is currently Christina Pietz of Springfield, Missouri.
We at Kansas City News will keep you posted on the court case as well as the recovery of Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
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