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Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fires gun to promote background checks

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Former U.S. congresswoman and Tucson shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords fired her first gun since being shot in 2011.

Giffords was joined by her husband Mark Kelly on a multi-state tour to promote expanded background checks for gun purchases.

Suspected gunman Jared Loughner shot the former lawmaker in the head at a constituent meeting in her Arizona district in 2011 and is accused of killing twelve people.

The couple cited the experience as well as other mass shootings as reason background checks could prevent further tragedies.

"I'm not saying he would have never gotten a gun. But a guy like that, maybe if you just slowed him down enough, or a guy like the shooter in Aurora, maybe at some point, somebody would have intervened and got him some mental health care," said Kelly.

"Stopping gun violence takes courage. The courage to do what's right, the courage for new ideas," said Giffords.

Giffords will also be touring in Alaska, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Maine and New Hampshire.

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