Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who survived a shooting massacre nearly two years ago, will visit Newtown, Connecticut, the place where a gunman walked into the Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 27 people.
Although the plan to visit the town has yet to be confirmed, according to Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, there are other reports that suggest she could be visiting Newtown on Friday.
Giffords retired from Congress last year to focus on her recovery after she suffered from a head wound during the shooting. The former lawmaker was one of 19 people who were shot during a political event in front of a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, Arizona. She has spent several months relearning how to speak and walk.
Six people died in the Arizona shooting, including a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge.
“When will we address this problem as a nation? The time is now!” Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, wrote on Twitter following the Newtown shootings.
A number of states are creating a new bill that bans the sale of assault rifles, which were used in the Newtown school shooting, as part of a growing gun control awareness campaign. As a result, many gun stores around the nation are selling out of the AR-15 assault rifle and ammunition. There are other reports that stores have a long waiting list as gun manufacturers are unable to keep up with the growing demand.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has already set up a special committee to address the state’s gun laws and security issues. The committee will reevaluate current laws and are expected to address mental health policies and public security issues.