Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says lawmakers should “have some courage” and face their constituents at town halls, despite protests.

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has a message for members of Congress who are citing the possibility of protests as a reason not to hold town meetings: “Have some courage.”

Giffords, wounded in a 2011 shooting outside a Tucson supermarket where she was meeting with constituents, was responding to a statement by Republican Congressman Louis Gohmert of Texas. Asked why he wasn’t holding public meetings, Gohmert said:

“Unfortunately, at this time there are groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public…