Giffords, husband address graduates at Bard - New York News

Giffords, husband address graduates at Bard

Posted: Updated:

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords urged a group of newly minted college graduates on Saturday to change the world - starting tomorrow.

The former Arizona congresswoman and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, addressed graduates at Bard College.

Giffords was among 13 people wounded in a January 2011 shooting outside a Tucson, Ariz., supermarket that left six others dead. The Democrat resigned from Congress a year later.

Kelly spoke first, with Giffords offering a brief address and receiving and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Giffords told the more than 600 graduates at Bard that their "future shines bright."

"Starting tomorrow you can change the world," Giffords said. "The nation's counting on you to create, to lead, to innovate - but today we are celebrating you. Be bold, be courageous, be your best."

As he introduced his wife, Kelly told the graduates Giffords is still making progress in her recovery from the 2011 shooting.

"I know that someday soon, Gabby will be giving these speeches in their entirety," he said.

Kelly spoke about the couple's new political action committee, Americans for Responsible Gun Control, that seeks to limit the size of ammunition magazines and expand background checks for gun purchases.

Kelly said the organization is focused on keeping communities safer while protecting the Second Amendment.

He said since the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary last December, Giffords has been more involved in the movement for sensible gun control.

"Gabby's challenge now is to lead us forward and to bring more and more people with her," Kelly said.

"We are the counterbalance to the professional gun lobby - a truly citizen-based, people-driven movement to reclaim this debate and find, in the great tradition of our democracy, moderate, pragmatic solutions that respect our American values of the right to bear arms and the right to safety."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Falling debris from Midtown building

    Falling debris from Midtown building

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:32:06 GMT
    Emergency personnel are responding to reports of falling debris from a high-rise building in Midtown Manhattan. W. 57th St. between 5th and 6th Aves. is closed. SkyFoxHD is headed to the scene.
    Emergency personnel are responding to reports of falling debris from a high-rise building in Midtown Manhattan. W. 57th St. between 5th and 6th Aves. is closed. SkyFoxHD is headed to the scene.
  • Arrest in attack on teen in elevator

    Arrest in attack on teen in elevator

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:24 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:24:13 GMT
    Two thugs were caught on security camera footage beating a teenager and stealing from her inside an apartment building in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.  The NYPD says the attackers are seen dragging the 18-year-old out of an elevator into the hallway and punching and kicking her.
    Police have arrested one of two suspects wanted in the brutal attack of a teenager inside her apartment building in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. The thugs were caught on security camera footage beating the 18-year-old at about 9:34 on Sunday night. The attackers are seen dragging the girl out of an elevator into the hallway and punching and kicking her. Tyler Hopping, 18, was arrested on Wednesday.
  • Dad delivers baby into toilet

    Dad delivers baby into toilet

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:30 AM EDT2014-07-31 12:30:58 GMT
    A Connecticut father proudly helped deliver his own baby... into a toilet.
    A Connecticut father proudly helped deliver his own baby... into a toilet.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices