Giffords to skydive to mark third anniversary of Tucson shooting

January 8, 2014

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Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) will skydive on national TV to mark the third anniversary of a shooting that killed six and left her with years of recovery in front of her.

Giffords's jump will air on NBC's "Today Show" on Thursday. Wednesday is the three-year anniversary of the shootings at a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, Ariz., where Giffords had been holding a town hall.

Giffords will also answer questions with "Today Show" host and Tucson native Savannah Guthrie.

Guthrie said Wednesday that Giffords will compete the jump with a Navy Seal who was injured in Afghanistan.

Giffords left Congress in 2012 and has since focused on advocating for increased gun control, along with her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly.

Updated 2:29 p.m.: Kelly reports that the jump was successful:

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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