Our View: Giffords’ journey continues to inspire us

DKS Editors

On Jan. 8, 2011, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords met with her constituents in front of a Tucson grocery store.

During the public meeting, a gunman opened fire on those in attendance, killing six people and seriously wounding Giffords and 12 others.

The bullet went through her brain, but she survived.

Giffords announced Sunday that she’d be stepping down from Congress this week. The announcement came after months of her press office and her husband keeping the public updated on her progress. It’s been an amazing story to follow, as her recovery has been remarkable, but she said she still needed time to focus on improving.

But this editorial isn’t just about Giffords and her bravery, though she absolutely is brave. It’s about Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly.

Their relationship is an inspiration. As Giffords spent months in the hospital, photos surfaced of him sitting by her side, and videos cropped up of him working with her to improve her speech. He seems to be an incredibly selfless and compassionate husband.

And who can forget the Diane Sawyer interview? Kelly sat next to Giffords, staring at her with affection and coaching her through the difficult questions.

These two are certainly prime examples of what it means to be good people — and good in the purest sense of the word.

In that interview with Sawyer, she asked Giffords if she was angry about what happened.

Giffords responded with her usual positivity and grace.

“No,” she said. “No. No. No.”

She paused.

“Life,” she said with a shrug. “Life.”

The above editorial is the consensus of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.