Jared Loughner Ruled Incompetent to Stand Trial

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 1:10 pm

Jared Loughner, accused of shooting Gabrielle Giffords and killing 6 people in a rampage in Tuscon this January, has been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial by a federal judge today. The decision by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns means 21-year-old Jared Lee Loughner will be sent to a federal facility for up to four [...]

Gabrielle Giffords Champions Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury for Service Members

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 10:27 am

After the tragic shooting of White House Press Secretary James Brady in the 1980s, he and his family became the most high-profile supporters of gun control in America, leading to the passage of the Brady bill and spawning the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, an organization we still see advocating today. We may be [...]

Giffords Making Miraculous Recovery, Could Attend Husband’s Shuttle Launch

By: Friday March 11, 2011 12:02 pm

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, just two months from the tragic shooting in Tuscon where she suffered a bullet wound to the head, is doing so well in rehabilitation in Houston, Texas, that she may attend the shuttle launch of her husband, Mark Kelly, on April 19. Giffords’ doctors, who held a news conference Friday, said that [...]

Giffords Speaking Again; Fiancee of Victim in Attack Calls for High-Capacity Magazine Ban

By: Wednesday February 9, 2011 1:41 pm

The news we’re all supposed to know about from the Gabby Giffords assassination is that she has begun speaking. And that is indeed great news, and I hope it leads to a full recovery. Less remarked-upon is the kinds of systemic issues with public policy that led to the shooting in the first place: the [...]

White House Promises Gun Control Proposal at a Later Date

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 9:56 am

In addition to the lack of discussion of the economic crisis, particularly the forgotten foreclosure crisis, one thing that struck many observers of the State of the Union address was no mention of gun safety, just a couple weeks after the Tucson shooting rampage and the assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (who has thankfully [...]

“You Don’t Understand, This Is Amazing”

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 9:18 am

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were in the room when Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes last night, less than a week after the tragic shooting that killed six and gravely wounded her. In the background of the commentary of this event, there has been this improbable success [...]

Debate Continues Over High-Capacity Magazine Clips

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 8:13 am

My Congresswoman, Jane Harman, was one of the only ones on the floor of the House yesterday to use the assassination attempt on Gabrielle Giffords as an opportunity to talk about gun control efforts. Representative Jane Harman, a California Democrat, used her floor remarks on the resolution to urge Congress to restrict access to assault [...]

President Obama Speaks at “Together We Thrive” Event in Tucson

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 4:50 pm

The President will speak sometime during the “Together We Thrive” event happening at the McKale Center on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, four days after the assassination attempt that wounded 15 people, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), and killed 6 others, including a Giffords staffer, a federal judge and four constituents. [...]

Bill Banning Death Penalty Passes Illinois Legislature

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 6:36 am

One of the first things I was asked after the initial shock of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting wore off last weekend was whether I supported the death penalty for Jared Loughner. I answered that I wasn’t the prosecutor making the decision, of course, but I always find it odd when people downplay life in prison [...]

Debate Over Violent Political Rhetoric Continues

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 1:15 pm

After a few days of criticism despite not naming names, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik went ahead and named them last night. “The kind of rhetoric that flows from people like Rush Limbaugh, in my judgment he is irresponsible, uses partial information, sometimes wrong information,” Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said today. “[Limbaugh] attacks people, [...]

Right Wing Working the Refs Through Victimization After Tucson Shooting

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 11:11 am

President Obama will appear at a memorial service for the victims in Tucson tomorrow night, and the right wing has already decided to pre-but it. In particular, they are trying to steer the President away from any speech that contains echoes of President Bill Clinton’s Oklahoma City speech in 1995, about the “purveyors of hatred [...]

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