Video: Giffords Reads the First Amendment on the House Floor

Just two days before being shot while holding a town-hall meeting with constituents outside a Safeway in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords joined other lawmakers in reading the Constitution aloud on the House floor to mark the beginning of the 112th Congress.


Gifford's selection: the First Amendment, which includes the right to peaceably assemble.

Reading selections were reportedly doled out on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it was a result of random circumstance that she entered the words "peaceably to assemble or petition the government for redress of grievances" in the the congressional record, days before this shooting.

Watch the video below:


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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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