Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, accompanied by her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, speaks during a news conference in Manchester, N.H., in July. They were there to encourage state political leaders to have courage in the fight to expand background checks on gun purchases. Mary Schwalm/AP hide caption

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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., at a firing range in Nevada earlier this week. Her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, was behind her. Americans for Responsible Solutions hide caption

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Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, at an April 16 ceremony naming a Capitol Hill conference room for her aide Gabe Zimmerman. Zimmerman died in the same Tucson, Ariz., shootings that Giffords wounded. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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On Wednesday, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, attended a news conference at the site of the 2011 attack in which she was shot, 12 other people were also wounded and six people were killed. Joshua Lott/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband Mark Kelly at Wednesday's Senate hearing about gun violence. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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One thing so memorable about the 2003 California recall election was the fine caliber of potential governors on the ballot. (And so what if this button misspelled Gary Coleman's name?) Ken Rudin collection hide caption

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