Gabrielle Giffords Named One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People

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One day after writing a New York Times op-ed regarding the defeat of the Manchin-Toomey background check compromise, Time Magazine has named Gabrielle Giffords as one of its 100 most influential people of the year.

The essay about her was penned by Jim Brady, the namesake of the Brady Act and former White House press secretary, is excerpted below:

On that day Gabby Giffords first spoke out so eloquently about the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and her commitment to the issue of reducing gun violence, I knew the movement would no longer see just a fleeting success.

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We all remember that terrible tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., and those we lost, but few actually know the grit, pain, tenacity and strong will it took Gabby to emerge as the lovely spokeswoman and face of the gun-violence-prevention movement.

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