Gabby Giffords Has Perfect Response For Town Hall-Avoiding Republican

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived being shot in the head, has some choice words for a lawmaker who invoked her shooting to skip town hall.

Gabrielle Giffords

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head outside a Tucson supermarket where she was meeting with constituents in 2011, has an important message for the Republican members of Congress who are skipping town hall over fears of being yelled at by their constituents.

Over the last week, town halls across the country erupted in chaos and fury as attendees yelled at their representatives to do their jobs while the politicians attempted to convince them that President Donald Trump’s administration was just trying to “make America great again,” even if that means taking away the public’s basic health care rights.

Now, some lawmakers have decided to skip such events altogether — and Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert is one of them.

Not only has he refused to attend town hall meetings, but he is also using Giffords’ shooting to justify it.

“Unfortunately, at this time there are groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public town halls to wreak havoc and threaten public safety,” the Republican said. “Threats are nothing new to me and I have gotten my share as a felony judge. However, the House Sergeant at Arms advised us after former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot at a public appearance, that civilian attendees at Congressional public events stand the most chance of being harmed or killed — just as happened there.”


Giffords posted a perfect response on the website for Americans for Responsible Solutions — an anti-gun violence group she co-founded.

“To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage. Face your constituents. Hold town halls,” she wrote.

In her powerful statement, the Democrat also noted how she did not let her shooting affect her work.

“I was shot on a Saturday morning. By Monday morning, my offices were open to the public. Ron Barber — at my side that Saturday, who was shot multiple times, then elected to Congress in my stead — held town halls. It’s what the people deserve in a representative,” Giffords' statement read. “In the past year, campaigning for gun safety, I have held over 50 public events.”

Twitter, unsurprisingly, erupted in applause over Giffords’ bravery.






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