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Gabby Giffords in Minneapolis to speak on protecting women and families from gun violence

Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot in 2011, is in town for an invitation-only roundtable discussion.

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who has become a national symbol for prevention of gun violence after recovering from a gunshot wound to the head, is in Minneapolis today speaking about ways protect women and families.

Giffords, cofounder of Americans for Responsible Solutions, will be at the Harriet Tubman Center for an invitation-only roundtable. Also attending will be Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau, local women leaders and domestic violence prevention advocates.

Organizers say the purpose is to “bring women together to discuss what must be done to protect women and their families from gun violence, and heighten awareness of gun violence against women and empower women to reduce gun violence in their communities.”

Giffords was shot in 2011 during a public meeting with constituents at a Tucson-area supermarket. Her organization, which has 500,000 members, says its is committed to “finding sensible ways to reduce gun violence and encouraging elected officials to enact responsible firearms policies that protect the Second Amendment.”