Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a shooting rampage in Tucson Arizona, has been named this year’s recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced the award on Friday morning citing Gifford’s political, personal, and physical courage in her “fearless public advocacy for policy reforms aimed at reducing gun violence.”
“Gabby Giffords has inspired the world with her bravery and her dedication to making change through the political process,” said Caroline Kennedy, president of the foundation and daughter of the former president.
“Instead of retreating following the tragic shooting that ended her Congressional career, she has recommitted herself to fighting for a more peaceful society free from hate and violence. She is a true Profile in Courage.”
Kennedy added: “This award has really taught me that there are people who are courageous at all levels of Government."
Boston.com reports Giffords will be presented with the award by Caroline Kennedy at a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston on May 5.
Past recipients include former President Gerald Ford and Republican Senator John McCain.
On January 8, 2011, Giffords and 18 others were shot outside a supermarket in Casas Adobes, Arizona, during a constituency meeting called “Congress on Your Corner”.
Gunman Jared Lee Loughner shot the Congresswoman in the head at point blank range before proceeding to open fire on others.
Six people died included one of Giffords’ staffers; and a 9-year-old girl, Christina-Taylor Green.
Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, launched Americans for Responsible Solutions to encourage elected officials to support measures to prevent gun violence earlier this year.
The Arizona democrat posted on Twitter on Friday saying: "Wow! So proud about the #ProfileInCourage Award. President Kennedy's book is a favorite of mine. Thank you Caroline and @JFKLibrary."