Gabby Giffords will never be the same after being shot through the head little more than two years ago.
Yet one thing hasn't changed, ironically, is her appreciation for guns.
For the former congresswoman who is now at the center of the debate over gun control and background checks, target practice is still a form of entertainment.
In the back yard of her mother Gloria's house, located deep in the Arizona desert, Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, uses planting pots and water bottles as targets. Giffords watches from the patio above with her mother, cheering him on.
"Excellent!" exclaims Giffords. "Excellent!" repeats her mother.
And Kelly isn't shooting with just any kind of gun. It's a 9mm Glock, the same kind Jared Loughner used to shoot Giffords while she greeted constituents in front of an Arizona supermarket.
"In that case it had a magazine that held 33 rounds," said Kelly. "He shot 33 rounds. Every round hit somebody, we think."
This gun belongs to Giffords. It was a gift from her husband several years ago, before she was shot.
"Well, Gabby used to like shooting a gun, too," Kelly said when asked how recreation for him can still be shooting a gun after his wife was shot though the head.
"Yes," Giffords adds.
"She didn't want to get rid of it," said Kelly.
Nevertheless, allowing CNN's exclusive cameras to capture Kelly shooting a gun with Giffords looking on is meant to help advance their political cause: curbing gun violence.
They hope to show that Giffords and Kelly are legitimate gun owners and credible messengers for tightening gun restrictions.
The speed of background checks Kelly also showed off a gun he recently bought -- videotaping the transaction -- for the sole purpose of demonstrating how easy it is to get a background check, and why he and Giffords want the checks expanded to private sales such as gun shows.
"When we timed it, it took 5 minutes and 36 seconds, not a lot of time. You could do the same thing at the gun show where people are currently not subject to background checks in most states," said Kelly.
Giffords and Kelly formed their organization -- Americans for Responsible Solutions -- in January, the second anniversary of the shooting that left Giffords partially paralyzed and robbed the once-articulate politician of her gift of speech.
"Optimistic!" Giffords exclaimed.
One word. But a clear answer she gave to describe how she sees the odds for gun restrictions to pass.
"I am, too," said Kelly. "Especially when we're talking about universal background checks."
Sandy Hook The Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Connecticut last December spurred them to take a stand.
She paused. The brain damage from her own gunshot wound makes it difficult for her to find words, even "Sandy Hook."
"Sandy Brook," said Giffords several times, before finally getting the word right by repeating her husband.
"Sandy Hook," said Kelly.
"Hook," Giffords finally said.
"Sandy Hook Elementary. You know, it's something we just can't -- you know, 20 -- 20 first graders," Kelly said, as Giffords chimed in.