Gabby Giffords talks gun violence at Grant High

Former congresswoman survived 2011 assassination attempt

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords spoke at Grant High School in Portland, Oct. 21, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords spoke at Grant High School in Portland, Oct. 21, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who recovered from an assassination attempt, appeared at Grant High School in Portland to lead a discussion about protecting women from gun violence.

Giffords joined local leaders for a discussion on the topic and said, “Women agree there are common sense solutions to keep us safe.”

The group of people at the school seemed to agree education about dating violence should begin sooner than middle school.

Giffords was shot in the head on January 8, 2011 by Jared Lee Loughner outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson. She was critically wounded but recovered.

However, six people — including a district judge, a 9-year-old girl and one of Giffords aides — died in the shooting.

She resigned her seat in Congress about a year after she was shot, and is now an advocate for gun control, along with her husband, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly.

KOIN 6 News will have more information later.

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