Gabrielle Giffords receives JFK Profile in Courage Award

May 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM
| License Photo

BOSTON, May 6 (UPI) -- Ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, shooting spree survivor-turned-advocate for reducing gun violence, earned the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

The award, presented by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, was given to Giffords Sunday by foundation President Caroline Kennedy, the Boston Globe reported.

"It's been a hard two years for me, but I want to make the world a better place," Giffords said in receiving the award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

In 2011, a gunman opened fire at a congressional meet-and-greet in Tucson, killing six people and wounding 13, including Giffords.

The former congresswoman's appearance came three weeks after two bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Before Sunday's ceremony, Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, visited victims of the bombings at a rehabilitation center, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Giffords and Kelly established Americans for Responsible Solutions, a political action committee that campaigns for, among other things, universal background checks on gun purchases.

Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy, praised Giffords during the presentation, saying the Kennedy family "is still suffering from the heartbreak of gun violence" and that Giffords "has turned a personal nightmare into a movement for change."

"When others would have withdrawn from public life, she's challenged us all to re-engage in the political process," Kennedy said.

John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, and his brother, Robert, was assassinated in 1968, just after he'd won the California Democratic presidential primary.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Wisconsin's Walker in hot seat over open-records restrictions
Putin congratulates U.S. on Independence Day
Immigrant who shot S.F. woman was deported 5 times in the past, police say
10-month-old Turkish baby rescued after floating out to sea
Greek economy reaches low point on eve of referendum