Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) has been announced as the 2013 recipient of the Profile in Courage Award.

The award, handed out annually by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, is given to someone who demonstrated courage "without regard for the personal or professional consequences." Giffords, who was a gun rights supporter while serving in Congress, has taken up a campaign against gun violence since returning to public life after surviving a 2011 assassination attempt.