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Caroline Kennedy will present former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award to recognize Giffords’ efforts to lower gun violence.
According to The Associated Press, Kennedy, the daughter of the late president, will give the award on May 5 in Boston.
Giffords is the former representative from Arizona who was nearly killed during a shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona during an event in a supermarket parking lot in January 2011. She survived, but six died, including a 9-year-old girl. Giffords is still recovering from a wound to the head. Since resigning from office, she and husband Mark Kelly have become vocal advocates for ending gun violence and responsible gun ownership.
In a statement, the JFK Library Foundation said that Giffords has demonstrated “political, personal, and physical courage” while advocating “policy reforms aimed at reducing gun violence.”
“Everybody knows of her tremendous, incredible courage, but the fact that she went through this obviously horrendous tragedy and has recommitted herself to the political process ... is something that is really inspiring,” Kennedy told CBS This Morning. “For anybody in public life ... it is tough these days.”
Kennedy also called Giffords "one of the most courageous people any of us have ever seen.” She added, “This award has really taught me that there are people who are courageous at all levels of government.”