Aug 2 - U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords gets a standing ovation as she returns to Washington for the first time since she was shot in the head. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
U.S Representative Gabrielle Giffords got a standing ovation as she returned to the House floor for the first time since she was shot in the head during a political event in January. Giffords' warmly welcomed comeback happened on Monday (August 1) when she voted in favour of a bill to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. She has undergone several operations and intense rehabilitation after the shooting in her home state of Arizona. She has kept out of the public eye since the attack and her appearance caught the chamber by surprise. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi paid tribute to Giffords' courage, telling the House there was not a name in the United States that stirred more love, admiration, and respect. Giffords talked energetically with colleagues and waved constantly to others but she moved gingerly and with caution. Giffords was shot at close range by a gunman who opened fire at her and a crowd of bystanders outside a supermarket on Tucson on January 8th. Six people were killed and another 12 wounded in the attack. A 22-year-old college drop-out, Jared Loughner, was charged with the shooting but declared mentally unfit to stand trial. He was sent to a Missouri hospital for federal prisoners last month.