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The New York Times reports, Kennedy Library Gives Courage Award to Giffords:
Caroline Kennedy was not even 6 years old when her father was assassinated 50 years ago. And on Sunday, she said the hurt never heals.
“Our family is still suffering the heartbreak caused by gun violence,” Ms. Kennedy said here at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
She was here to honor another target of an assassin, one who lived. Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot in 2011 at point-blank range and was nearly killed by a lone gunman, has devoted herself to pressing for measures to prevent gun violence since she has recovered.
For that, Ms. Kennedy bestowed on Ms. Giffords the Profile in Courage Award in a small ceremony on Sunday afternoon at the library. The award is given annually to someone who demonstrates the kind of courage that President Kennedy highlighted in his book “Profiles in Courage,” which praised eight senators who risked their careers by taking principled stands on unpopular positions.
“No one should have to lose a husband, a wife, a father, a child to senseless murder,” Ms. Kennedy said in presenting the award to Ms. Giffords. “But as our honoree has shown, out of that pain and tragedy, we must find the strength to carry on, to give meaning to our lives, and to build a more just and peaceful world.”