Gabby Giffords to visit Newtown (+video)
Former US Representative Gabrielle Giffords will visit Newtown, Conn., the site of last month's deadly shooting in which 20 first graders were killed. Giffords survived a mass shooting in her home state of Arizona two years ago
Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a mass shooting in her¬†Arizona¬†district two years ago, plans to visit¬†Newtown,¬†Connecticut, the site of last month's deadly elementary school massacre, the¬†Connecticut¬†lieutenant governor's office said Thursday.
Giffords plans to attend a private event at a local home on Friday, Steven Jensen, spokesman for Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, said in an email. The event will have no media access and Giffords' plans are still developing and may change.
Giffords, shot in the head in the attack, has become a symbol for proponents of stricter gun control in the national debate about the right to bear arms, which has grown louder since the Dec. 14 attack in¬†Newtown.
Giffords' planned visit would be three weeks to the day since 20-year-old¬†Adam Lanza¬†burst into Sandy Hook Elementary School in rural¬†Newtown, about 70 miles northeast of New York City, and killed 20 first graders and six school staff members.
On Thursday, the more than 400 children who escaped without physical harm returned to school for the first time since the assault.