eleven: a letter for a brave woman


On January 8, 2011 nineteen people were shot during a political gathering at a supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Arizona.  Six people were killed. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head. She remains in the hospital in critical care.

January 11, 2011

Congresswoman Giffords,

I didn’t know your politics or your face until last Saturday. And now I’m quite sure I will never forget it or the stories of your courageous recovery that continue to inspire.

What happened in that supermarket parking lot is incomprehensible. It is a horrible tragedy and my heart aches for the victims and their loved ones. I feel overwhelming sadness and outrage. And yet, equal parts admiration for you and your brave fight.

May you continue to recover and delight us with your amazing progress. May your family feel comfort, knowing the entire country is praying for you. And most of all, may this unspeakable act of violence teach our country a lesson in compassion.

Best wishes,


Liberty of London for Target

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