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Shooting survivor Giffords set to visit gun show

Former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is set to visit a gun show for the first time since she survived an assasination attempt in 2011.

Ms Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, are touring the Saratoga Springs Arms Fair in New York today with US attorney general Eric Schneiderman as part of her national campaign for stricter gun control.

Gabrielle Giffords survived an assasination attempt in January 2011 and is now campaigning for stricter gun controls in the US. Credit: PA

The former Arizona representative plans to highlight a voluntary agreement that closely monitors gun show sales in New York.

Jared Lee Loughner killed six people and shot Ms Giffords in the head during a public meeting in Tucson in January 2011.

Injured former Congresswoman: 'Act now' on gun control

Gabrielle Giffords, the former American Congresswoman who was shot in the head, told her old political colleagues, "Too many children are dying" in mass shootings, as she urged them to act now.

Her voice was still a little faltering, the result of her terrible injuries, but her message was powerful and clear.


Gabrielle Giffords speaks out on gun control: 'Too many children are dying'

Gabrielle Giffords has told Congress they must 'be courageous' in tackling gun control. Ms Giffords was a Senator when she was shot in the head in January 2011 as she met her constituents outside a supermarket.

Six other people lost their lives in the attack. Ms Giffords was left fighting for her life but has since made a remarkable recovery including re-learning how to talk.

Ms Giffords said; "Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something. It will be hard, but the time is now. You must act. Be bold, be courageous. Americans are counting on you."

Shot congresswoman's husband tells killer: 'You failed'

Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords "would trade her own life" to bring back any of the six victims killed in a shooting in Arizona, her astronaut husband told a court.

Jared Lee Loughner was sentenced to seven life terms for the January 2011 killings and attempted assassination of Giffords.

Mark Kelly, the husband of the former congresswoman, said in a statement to the court:

Gabby would trade her own life to bring back any one of those you savagely murdered on that day.

Mr. Loughner, by making death and producing tragedy, you sought to extinguish the beauty of life. To diminish potential. To strain love. And to cancel ideas. You tried to create for all of us a world as dark and evil as your own.

But know this, and remember it always: You failed.