Giffords, a Democratic congresswoman, was shot in the head at close range on January 8, 2011. The bullet, according to reports, “went straight through her brain.”
Nineteen people were shot that day and six died.
Giffords’ state-of-health is often described as a “long road to recovery,” after losing parts of her vision and having to re-learn how to walk and speak.
This week she addressed the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence and her brief speech was covered widely.
We must do something, she said. “Too many children are dying. Too many children.”
Giffords’ speech was compelling. Passionate. Focused.
But I think more compelling is her own story. She presents a real-life symbol of the effects of gun violence.
I’d like to hear what her life is like after a bullet ripped through her skull. Current news stories about her highlight the positive, and are filled with hope.
In an odd reframing of the issue, Giffords shows the happy ending of an assassination attempt.
More persuasive for social change would be to show the harmful and deleterious effects of Giffords being shot, rather than the bright outcome.
See Giffords’ speech at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aPmem5EixJo