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Gabrielle Giffords takes front-row seat at Obama’s gun measure announcement

People applaud former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords as she arrives in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, to hear President Barack Obama speak about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence. Also attending were other individuals whose lives have been impacted by the gun violence. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Former U.S. Rep from Arizona Gabrielle Giffords had a front-row seat for President Barack Obama’s announcement Tuesday of his plans for tighter control of firearms in the United States.

Giffords survived a mass shooting in Tucson five years ago this week that left six people dead, including a child, Christina-Taylor Green. During and since her recovery, Giffords has been a staunch supporter of stronger gun control.

She received a standing ovation from the White House crowd.

Giffords was among several victims of gun violence in attendance.

In some of his early remarks, the president spoke to Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, and recollected visiting her in the hospital and watching her progress.

Obama has scheduled a town hall on guns in America on Friday, the five-year anniversary of the Tucson shooting.

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