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Giffords to sit with Newtown congresswoman at Obama's address

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will sit with U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) on Tuesday night during President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address.

Esty represents a Connecticut district that includes Newtown, site of the 2012 the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that killed 28 people, including 20 children.
Giffords was shot in the head during the Jan. 8 attack in Tucson that killed six.

Following that, she and her husband co-founded Americans for Responsible Solutions and have been advocating for stronger gun control measures since she resigned from Congress.

"Both Congresswoman Esty and I know all too well the impact of gun tragedies on our communities and our constituents," Giffords said in a statement. "We share a bond no elected representative ever wants to share. It is a club you never want to belong to."

Esty, the vice chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, said she's proud to join her friend "Gabby, who has dedicated herself to public service. From Newtown and Hartford, to Tucson and Charleston, Chicago and Colorado Springs, Americans are demanding action to enhance criminal background checks and improve access to mental health services."

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Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, surrounded by survivors and family members of those shot on Jan. 8, called for tighter background checks on firearm sales at a March 6, 2013, news conference at the Safeway store where six were killed.