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Gabrielle Giffords to receive JFK Profile in Courage award

In a Tuesday, June 12, 2012 file photo, Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., left, and husband Mark Kelly celebrate a Ron Barber victory an election to fill former Rep. Giffords seat, as he addresses supporters at a post election event, in Tucson, Ariz. Giffords and her husband on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2014 launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence as Tucson residents paused to mark the anniversary of the shooting rampage there. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

In a Tuesday, June 12, 2012 file photo, Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., left, and husband Mark Kelly celebrate a Ron Barber victory an election to fill former Rep. Giffords seat, as he addresses supporters at a post election event, in Tucson, Ariz. Giffords and her husband on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2014 launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence as Tucson residents paused to mark the anniversary of the shooting rampage there. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been named this year’s recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award.

The JFK Library and Museum announced Friday that the Arizona Democrat is being honored for the “political, personal, and physical courage she has demonstrated in her fearless public advocacy for policy reforms aimed at reducing gun violence.”

Giffords was critically injured in a shooting during a constituent meeting in a supermarket parking lot in Casas Adobes, Ariz., in January 2011. Six people died, including a judge, one of Giffords’ staffers and a 9-year-old girl. Giffords continues to recover.

The award is presented annually to public servants who have made courageous decisions of conscience without regard for the personal or professional consequences.

President Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline, will present the award May 5.

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