Obama meets Giffords on 4th anniversary of shooting

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Posted: Jan 08, 2015 1:27 PM
Obama meets Giffords on 4th anniversary of shooting

PHOENIX (AP) — Four years to the day after then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot, President Barack Obama says she still has "the same energy and passion that she always had."

Obama told a Phoenix audience Thursday that he met Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, while he was in town to give a speech on housing.

Obama called Giffords a hero, said he's proud of her and praised her gun control advocacy. He says even as she's waged her own fight to recover, she's been fighting to prevent the next tragedy.

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Six people were killed and 13 were wounded in the 2011 shooting at a Giffords political event at a Tucson shopping center. Obama traveled to Tucson four days later to speak at a memorial service at the University of Arizona.