Concealed Carrying Bystander Nearly Killed Innocent Man During Tucson Shooting

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 11:49 am

Jared Loughner fired 31 shots in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday. At least 20 of those 31 struck individuals. Under the federal assault weapons ban which expired in 2004, it would have been difficult for him to fire more than 10. High-capacity magazine clips were banned from manufacture and hard to get, and the moment of [...]

Don’t Expect Any Changes in Gun Laws After Tucson Shooting

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 7:29 am

Carolyn McCarthy and Frank Lautenberg will introduce companion legislation in both houses of Congress that would restore the ban on high-capacity magazines like the one used by Jared Loughner in the Tucson assassination attempt of Gabrielle Giffords, which killed 6. Of all the possibilities on gun control in the wake of the incident, it’s a [...]

Right Wing Hopping Mad Over Culture of Violence They Have Wrought

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 6:55 am

Right now, the public isn’t ready to believe an argument that Jared Loughner was motivated by right-wing rhetoric. Fortunately, nobody has said that, because it’s the wrong claim to make. Nobody has claimed that crosshairs on a map or talk of “Second Amendment remedies” is specifically to blame (some on the right have blamed heavy [...]

Rep. Pingree Calls for Name Change on “Repeal of the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act”

By: Monday January 10, 2011 1:41 pm

We can continue to have this debate about political rhetoric. On the level of pure politics, I find this to be whip-smart. A good place to start a more civil dialog would be for my Republican colleagues in the House to change the name of the bill they have introduced to repeal health care reform. [...]

Tea Party Leaders Strike Back at Left Over Giffords Incident

By: Monday January 10, 2011 12:32 pm

And “strike back” is the proper metaphor. Because on two occasions today, self-appointed leaders of the tea party movement quite literally lashed out at their political enemies over the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, in ways that show both a tendency toward painting their opponents in dehumanizing lights, and a good degree of guilt: Another Tea Party [...]

Jared Loughner and Political Rhetoric

By: Monday January 10, 2011 9:43 am

We cannot know for sure yet, but Jared Loughner seems to have been motivated by extreme disdain for authority and the “phonies” around him. For Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris and Cho Seung-Hui that manifested itself in shooting up peers at high school or college. This turned into an assassination (self-described by Loughner as such). [...]

Carolyn McCarthy to Introduce Gun Control Legislation in Response to Giffords Shooting

By: Monday January 10, 2011 6:05 am

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, who lost her husband to gun violence before coming to Congress, and who has since become one of the leading pro-gun control politicians in the country, plans to introduce legislation in response to the shooting in Tuscon, Arizona that claimed the life of 6 and left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a medically [...]

Magazine for Gun that Felled Giffords Could Not Have Been Manufactured Under Assault Weapons Ban

By: Sunday January 9, 2011 1:58 pm

There’s ample enough speculation on the motives and beliefs of the shooter in Tuscon, on which I don’t consider myself qualified to speculate, and not enough speculation about his actions, and the implications of them. What we know is that Jared Loughner, who was rejected from the military and kicked out of a community college, [...]

Thoughts on Gabby Giffords and Political Participation

By: Sunday January 9, 2011 10:11 am

I heard about the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords while I was at a delegate selection event in my district. It’s about the smallest form of retail democracy you can imagine. Basically, across California this weekend, Democrats select individuals to represent them at the state convention for a two-year term. Some friends of mine were running [...]

House of Representatives Suspends All Legislative Activity for Next Week After Giffords Shooting

By: Saturday January 8, 2011 6:03 pm

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will suspend all votes for next week because of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at a supermarket in Tuscon, Arizona today. Here’s Cantor’s statement: Our nation was shocked by the tragedy in Arizona earlier today. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, and others became the victims of a [...]

Awaiting Press Conference at Tuscon Hospital on Giffords Shooting

By: Saturday January 8, 2011 12:44 pm

Moments from now, the hospital where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was taken after a point-blank shooting to the head this morning will hold a press conference on the status of the incident. As many as 12 people, perhaps more, have been taken to the hospital. The reports are sketchy and conflicting, but it seems that [...]

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