Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was gravely wounded in an assassination attempt that took 6 lives and injured 12 others, has decided to step down from the House. While Giffords’s recovery from her injuries was remarkable, there have been questions all along as to whether she would be able to return to her position. In an affecting video posted Sunday on Youtube, Giffords gave a brief statement thanking her constituents and explaining her decision:
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Steps Down from Congress – YouTube.
A transcript of Giffords’s statement was posted along with the video:
Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that. But I know on the issues we fought for we can change things for the better. Jobs, border security, veterans. We can do so much more by working together. I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week. I’m getting better. Every day, my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country. Thank you very much.