Giffords replacement to hold event similar to one where shooting occurred

Newly-elected Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), who replaced former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), plans to pick up where she left off by hosting a constituent event on Saturday similar to the one where Giffords was shot.

“This event is the first of many I will hold so that I can be accessible to all of my constituents throughout Southern Arizona,” Barber said in a press release. “I will not become isolated in Washington. My work at the Capitol will be influenced by what I hear and learn here in Arizona.”

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Giffords was shot in the head in January 2011 at a “Congress on your corner” event, a few blocks away from Barber's chosen event location, when a gunman opened fire at close range. Six people died and thirteen were injured. Barber was also wounded in the shooting.

Barber’s event will also be called a “Congress on your corner” event. His event will be at a Safeway grocery store, the same as Giffords's event.

Giffords symbolically finished her event a year later in January 2012, holding a private event in Tucson, Ariz., shortly before resigning her seat in Congress to focus on her recovery.

Barber, a former Giffords aide and Giffords’s choice to replace her, won the special election to fill Giffords’s seat until November’s election. He was officially sworn into office on Tuesday.

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