Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Tribute to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords reads the First Amendment to the Constitution in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, January 6, 2011.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Just two days later on Saturday, Gabrielle Giffords was gravely wounded by a crazed shooter who wounded fourteen people and took the lives of six people:

John Roll63U.S. District Court Judge apppointed in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush
Christina Taylor Green9born on September 11, 2001 and featured in the book Faces of Hope
Gabe Zimmerman30director of community outreach for Congresswoman Giffords
Dorothy Morris76her husband George remains in critical condition
Dorwin Stoddard76retired construction worker and gas-station owner, shielded his wife who was shot in the legs but survived
Phyllis Schneck79retiree originally from Rutherford, New Jersey

This tribute extends to all the victims and their families, who came out of their homes on a Sunny afternoon for a peaceable assembly in a Tuscon shopping plaza.

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