Gabrielle Giffords to Resign From Congress, But Says She Will Be Back

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TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 8: U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) smiles during the "Remembering January 8th Candlelight Vigil" held at the University of Arizona Mall January 8, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. The event was the culmination of several days commemorating the one year anniversary of a shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded more than a dozen more.  (Photo by Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images)
Photo: Jonathan Gibby/2012 Getty Images

In a beautifully shot YouTube video released today, an expressive Representative Gabrielle Giffords announced she will be stepping down from her congressional seat this week to focus on her recovery. A little over a year ago, Giffords was holding a rally outside a Tucson grocery story when 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner opened fire, injuring well over a dozen, killing six, and shooting Giffords in the head. While the congresswoman's recovery has been nothing short of miraculous, it's clear from her halting speech that she has a ways to go. "I'm getting better," Giffords says toward the end of the video, then flashes a wide smile. "I will return."