Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined thousands for a vigil Sunday night in Tucson, Arizona, one of several emotional events over the weekend to mark one year since a shooting rampage that left her and 12 others wounded and six people dead.
Soon after the event began, the Arizona Democrat took the stage to lead the crowd in the pledge of allegiance. After receiving help from her husband, Mark Kelly, to put her right hand above her heart, Giffords enthusiastically recited the pledge, her voice strong and demeanor positive, before leaving the stage to applause.
Giffords still has not definitively settled on whether she will seek re-election this year, with Carusone predicting that decision will come in the coming months.
"I think, for her, it's a personal decision (and) whether she thinks she can do the job up to the standards she holds for herself," Carusone said.
As to Loughner, he potentially faces the death penalty if convicted on charges of murdering six people -- including the chief federal judge of Arizona, John Roll. He has been diagnosed as schizophrenic and has spent time on suicide watch while in custody and is undergoing treatment in Springfield, Missouri.
A federal appeals court in May cleared the way for him to be forcibly medicated over the objections of Loughner and his attorney.
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