A packed house of enthusiastic admirers filled the Paramount Theater in downtown Oakland last night to greet former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.
Giffords became a national symbol for gun control when she was shot in the head on Jan. 8, 2011 outside a Safeway store in her Tuscon area district. It was to be the first of her "Congress on Your Corner" gatherings of the year. Shooter Jared Lee Loughner killed six that day, and injured 19, including the Congresswoman. Daniel Hernandez Jr, one of Giffords' interns, applied immediate first aid on the Congresswoman and is credited with saving her life.More »