Giffords Commemorates Her Shooting With a Skydive
Three years ago Gabrielle Giffords was among the severely injured in a shooting spree that left six dead and 12 wounded on a sidewalk in Arizona. Today, despite lingering injuries that make it difficult for her to speak or walk, the former congresswoman will mark the anniversary by skydiving in southern Arizona.
The jump will be featured on NBC’s “Today” show. Meanwhile, on the grounds of the University of Arizona Medical Center, where the injured were treated in the aftermath of the attack, residents attended a ceremony that included a bell rung once for each victim, a prayer reading, and a moment of silence.
Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, have kept busy since the shooting in leadership roles with Americans for Responsible Solutions, a national organization they created as a counter-voice to the various pro-gun groups. The group can’t point to any major legislative successes yet, but remain committed to fighting gun violence over the long haul.
Despite her physical limitations, Giffords won’t be taking any high risks in her leap from the airplane with former SEAL Jimmy Hatch. Skydiving experts say it’s not unduly dangerous for a person with physical disabilities to skydive, especially with a tandem jump. (Derek Dowell – VNN) (Image: Flickr | bill85704)