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Giffords Finishes Meeting Halted By Attack [VIDEO]

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In what could be one of her last acts in office, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has met with other survivors and supporters more than a year after gunfire interrupted a spontaneous meet-and-greet session.

The meeting occurred Monday in the Tucson office of Giffords, who announced Sunday that she intends to resign from Congress this week to concentrate on recovering from the assassination attempt that shook the country.

Among those who met Monday with Giffords was Pat Maisch, who was hailed as a hero for wrestling a gun magazine from the shooter.

Maisch, who was not injured herself, says it was touching that Giffords finished the meeting that was interrupted She also says she would love to see Giffords continue in office but understands that she needs to take care of herself.

The Democrat on Sunday revealed she plans to resign her congressional seat.

Her office says the visit will be her final act as congresswoman in her district.

Giffords yesterday posted a video on her Facebook page announcing her intention to resign from Congress this week to concentrate on recovering from wounds suffered in an assassination attempt a little more than a year ago.

According to officials in Washington, her resignation is expected to take effect on Monday.

The Democratic congresswoman was shot in the head last January as she was meeting with constituents outside a supermarket in Tucson, Ariz. While her recovery has seemed remarkable, she says on Facebook she has more work to do to recover, and it is best from her state if she resigns her seat in the House.

Her shooting prompted an agonizing national debate about super-charged rhetoric in political campaigns.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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