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Gabrielle Giffords Visits Newtown

A quiet, personal visit to the Connecticut town still recovering from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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Former Rep. Giffords was scheduled to appear at a private meeting in Newtown, according to NBC News. Here, she leaves the Newtown Municipal Center. She is not expected to speak publicly.

Earlier this week, Giffords also met with gun-control advocate New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Giffords's husband Mark Kelly released a statement shortly after the shootings in Newtown, calling for action to prevent gun violence.

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.

Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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