Since then, Gabrielle’s battle to recover from the gunshot wound to her head has been inspirational. Today, she and the local Tucson community are coming together to pay tribute to those who were injured or died in the shooting 12 months ago.
On January 8, 2011 college dropout Jared L. Loughner fired 31 rounds into a crowd of innocent citizens who were gathered outside a supermarket for a congressional outreach event.
More than 30 memorial events are scheduled across the Tucson area, including a candlelight vigil at the University of Arizona. Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, are attending several of them.
Loughner was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial and is currently in a treatment at a US federal prison hospital in Springfield, Missouri.
Currently, the courts and his defense team are still fighting over whether he can be forced to take anti-psychotic drugs, and if he will have to stand trial if he is ever deemed mentally competent.
For Gabrielle Giffords the last year has been about her struggle to learn how to walk and talk again. She is currently deciding whether she will seek re-election.