TUCSON, Ariz. — Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband
planted a yellow rose bush Saturday in Tucson, marking the passage of one year
since a troubled gunman killed 26 people a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.
At an event that drew around 100 people, Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly
dedicated the plant in the Community Gardens of Tucson.
Giffords was wounded in 2011 when a mentally ill man opened fire in the parking
lot of a Tucson supermarket as the congresswoman met with constituents. The
attack injured 13 and killed six.
The community garden was created in the victims’ honor using plants and flowers
that were left in front of the hospital, the shooting site and Giffords’
The rose bush is the first addition to the garden from Giffords and Kelly.
People attending Saturday’s event held signs that read, “No more silence, end
Also in attendance were a handful of counter-protesters. They held signs that
said, “Unarmed victims, happy criminals.”
The event came as a gun-control group led by Giffords and Kelly released a new
ad featuring somber images of the aftermath of the mass shooting in Connecticut.
The ad from the group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, showed images from
memorials of the 26 who died at Sandy Hook Elementary.