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How Gabby Giffords Fought for Her Life — and Then Took On the Gun Lobby

A mass shooting left her “near death” a decade ago. A new documentary traces her astonishing recovery and reinvention as a gun-safety activist.

She didn’t back down.

She didn’t back down.

Photographer: Dyanna Taylor

While words don’t come as easily to Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords as they once did, the former Arizona congresswoman has become one of the country’s most outspoken advocates for gun control.

In 2011, Giffords was the target of a shooting rampage that injured 13 people and killed six others, including a nine-year-old girl. She had been meeting with constituents outside a Tucson supermarket when a gunman approached and shot her in the head, resulting in a serious brain injury that left her with partial paralysis and a language impairment known as aphasia.