Her Big Idea: Gabby Giffords

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Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords joined her husband Mark Kelly and Andrea Mitchell for a conversation about gun control on Sunday at the Aspen Ideas Festival. It has been two and a half years since she and 18 other people were shot by Jared Lee Loughner during a constituent meeting in Arizona. Beside sharing her goal the for the next five years, which is quite romantic and adorable, she sums up how she feels about America's future after her ordeal.

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Emma Green is the assistant managing editor of TheAtlantic.com, where she also oversees the National Channel and writes about religion and culture.

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