This is a real act of courage in my opinion. I admire her.

By David Ariosto, CNN

(CNN) — The former Arizona congresswoman who survived a mass shooting in her district roughly two years ago is expected on Friday to visit Newtown, Connecticut, where last month a gunman killed 27 people and himself in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

Gabrielle Giffords‘ visit is “planned but not confirmed,” according to Steve Jensen, a spokesman for Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

The former Democrat lawmaker retired from Congress last year to focus on her recovery after she was shot in the head in January 2011. Giffords was one of 19 people shot at a political event at a shopping plaza in Tucson, Arizona, and spent months relearning how to speak and walk. Six people died in the encounter, including a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge.

After the Newtown shooting on December 14, Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, vented his frustrations…

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