Giffords to Get JFK Courage Award

Caroline Kennedy will present it in May

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 8, 2013 12:17 PM CST

(Newser) – Gabby Giffords has been named this year's recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for her advocacy on reducing gun violence. JFK daughter Caroline Kennedy will present the award to Giffords at a May 5 ceremony. "Instead of retreating following the tragic shooting that ended her congressional career, she has recommitted herself to fighting for a more peaceful society free from hate and violence," says Kennedy in a statement. Giffords, who was left partly paralyzed after the 2011 attack on her in Arizona, is helping to lead an advocacy group on gun control.

In this March 6 file photo, Gabrielle Giffords greets a crowd in Tucson.
In this March 6 file photo, Gabrielle Giffords greets a crowd in Tucson.   (Ross D. Franklin)
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