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Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has received the 2013 Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.

During her speech, Giffords said she wished Congress had more courage when it comes to gun control. Two years ago, she was seriously injured during a shooting rampage in Tucson.

The crowd gave Giffords a warm welcome, honoring a woman who has inspired people worldwide.

"I believe when we all have courage inside, I wish there was more courage in Congress," said Giffords.

Giffords almost lost her life during the horrific shooting rampage in Tucson that killed six people and left several others wounded in 2011 -- but decided to turn her personal nightmare into a political crusade to change gun laws.

"For Gabby, her courage is the equivalent of a lunar mission, she has set her sights on a distant horizon, a country that will be dramatically safer from gun violence," said Mark Kelly, Giffords' husband.

Giffords accepted the award from another victim of gun violence, Caroline Kennedy, whose father was assassinated as president.

"Our family is still suffering from the heartbreak of gun violence. No one should have to lose a husband, a wife, a father, a child to senseless murder," said Kennedy.

On the other side of the gun control debate, NRA executive vice president Wayne Lapierre spoke in Houston linking the Boston lockdown to gun rights.

"How many Bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago?" said Lapierre.

Giffords says the fight for gun control will be a difficult one -- but nothing compared to what she's already overcome.

"It's been a hard two years for me but I want to make the world a better place, more than ever, thank you," said Giffords.

Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly founded Americans for Responsible Solutions organization earlier this year -- demanding solutions for safer gun ownership.


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