Gun violence victim and former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords visited New York City Hall during her 2016 #VocalMajority Tour on October 17, 2016. Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, a US Navy combat veteran and NASA astronaut, are on a six-week, nationwide bus tour to battleground states asking people to vote for candidates who support gun violence prevention legislation in this coming November election. The Vocal Majority Tour is a project of their national organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC.

Giffords, who has made a dramatic recovery, survived an assassination attempt in 2011 near Tucson, Arizona. On January 8, 2011, just a week into her third term, Giffords was at a Safeway supermarket where she was meeting publicly with constituents. She was critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head. A total of thirteen people were injured and six others were killed in the shooting, among them federal judge John Roll and a 9-year-old child, Christina-Taylor Green.

On January 25, 2012, she appeared on the floor of the House, where she formally submitted her resignation to a standing ovation and accolades from her colleagues and the leadership of the House. In September of that year, Giffords led the Pledge of Allegiance at an evening meeting of the Democratic National Convention. On January 8, 2014, Giffords marked the three-year anniversary of the shooting by going skydiving. The jump garnered a lot of support. Giffords said on an interview with the Today show, “Oh, wonderful sky. Gorgeous mountain. Blue skies. I like a lot. A lot of fun. Peaceful, so peaceful.”