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Gabby Giffords to Visit Families of Newtown Victims

NEWTOWN, Conn. (CNN) — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has a “planned but not confirmed visit” to Newtown, Connecticut scheduled for Friday, Steve Jensen with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman’s office told CNN.

Her visit comes after a gunman killed his own mother and 26 people–20 of them children–at a Newtown elementary school before turning the gun on himself last month.

If the visit happens, there will be no media access, Jensen added.

Shortly after the school shooting, Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, wrote in a Facebook post that lawmakers needed to take part in “meaningful discussion about our gun laws.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the entire community of Newtown, CT. I just spoke to Gabby, and she sends her prayers from Tucson.

“As we mourn, we must sound a call for our leaders to stand up and do what is right. This time our response must consist of more than regret, sorrow, and condolence. The children of Sandy Hook Elementary School and all victims of gun violence deserve leaders who have the courage to participate in a meaningful discussion about our gun laws — and how they can be reformed and better enforced to prevent gun violence and death in America. This can no longer wait.”

Giffords was shot in the head in January 2011 during a Tucson mass shooting that killed six and wounded 13. She retired from Congress a year later.

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