Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords showed the world what it means to live in grace. While some politicians used the third anniversary of the tragic shooting of Giffords and 16 others to push their careers or agendas, Giffords simply celebrated life “to the fullest” while honoring those who passed on January 8, 2011.
Giffords went skydiving with her friend, former Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch. She told Facebook friends, “It has been step by step since I was shot three years ago. I’ve overcome a lot. Progress has come from working hard. Today, I grieve, I remember, and I take another step. I’m stronger now. I’m winning back movement in my right arm. So I have the opportunity to do something I love: skydiving…. Southern Arizona will look beautiful, peaceful from the top of the sky.”
Across Southern Arizona it was peaceful, as people remembered where they were when they first heard the news of the shooting.
Across the country, Congressman Ron Barber, who was also wounded three years ago in the shooting, led a moment of silence on the floor of the House after speaking about the compassion and strength of the Tucson and Southern Arizona community. He did not miss the opportunity to push gun control.
Barber was joined with the Arizona delegation as well as friends and colleagues of Giffords.