The Washington Times - January 30, 2013, 07:50AM

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was gravely wounded in a shooting at a constituent event in Tucson, Ariz., in January 2011 is expected to make a surprise appearance and testify at Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, according to multiple reports.

Ms. Giffords’ husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, had already been scheduled to appear as a witness. The two recently launched a political action committee devoted to preventing gun violence.

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After the Tucson shooting, which killed six and wounded 13, including Ms. Giffords, she has not appeared in public many times, though she did make an emotional return to Capitol Hill in the summer of 2011 to cast a vote on a deal to raise the country’s debt limit.

Ms. Giffords eventually resigned her seat, and her former chief of staff, Rep. Ron Barber, now serves as a congressman from Arizona. Mr. Barber is a vice chairman of California Rep. Mike Thompson’s congressional task force on gun violence.