Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011 during a meeting with constituents, called Wednesday’s shooting “an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy.”
“I am heartbroken for the pain of Congressman Scalise, the other victims, and their family, friends and colleagues who survived,” she said in a statement. “I am thankful for the great courage of the Capitol Police, who were my protectors after I was shot and became my friends.”
Giffords also alluded to the shooting that critically wounded her, killed six people and wounded a dozen others. While Giffords was severely wounded, she managed a remarkable recovery and has since become a high-profile advocate for stronger gun-control laws.
“I also know the courage it takes to recover from a shooting like this, and I know Steve and everyone there this morning have such courage in great supply,” she said.