Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., returned to the House floor Tuesday during President Obama’s final State of the Union address to continue her push for stricter gun laws.
After Giffords was shot in the head five years ago during an official event back in her Tucson-based district, gun-control advocates hoped it would spark lawmakers to tighten the nations laws regarding firearms acquisition and possession.
President Obama issued 10 new executive orders to bolster existing gun laws, with Giffords at his side, last week. As part of his push to prod Congress to do what he can’t do without legislative approval, he left a seat in first lady Michelle Obama’s box in the House gallery empty to recognize victims of gun violence.
Giffords and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly have become perennial special guests on the anti-gun side.