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 [...]

Obama Enters Gun Control Debate Gingerly

By: Monday March 14, 2011 10:58 am

Two months after the tragic shooting in Tucson, President Obama quietly placed an op-ed in the Arizona Daily Star commencing the debate on gun laws that should arise as a result. This is a pretty muted response, but let’s see what he views as priorities: • First, we should begin by enforcing laws that are [...]

Tucson Shooting Video Reinforces Need for Gun Safety Laws

By: Wednesday January 19, 2011 8:16 am

I don’t think this signals much of anything, because Dick Cheney doesn’t have to vote for anything. But it’s notable that our nation’s most prominent errant shooter acknowledged to NBC that “maybe it’s appropriate” to limit high-capacity gun magazines in the wake of Tucson. I really hope this video of the shooting doesn’t get leaked, [...]

Loughner’s Conspiracy-Fueled Rampage Has Origins on the Fringe Right

By: Monday January 17, 2011 8:22 am

PORTLAND – Greetings from Oregon. Republicans have pulled off a neat trick with respect to Jared Loughner. They have worked very hard to characterize him as a “whacko” and a “nutjob” (inadvertently hurting the prospect of a successful prosecution, by the way), going so far as to use the shooting as an opportunity to revamp [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

WaPo’s Irresponsible Article Blaming Acquaintances for Not Committing Jared Loughner

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 6:10 am

According to the Washington Post, Arizona has a law on the books that enables anyone to identify a potential victim of mental illness, and remand them for treatment: Under Arizona law, any one of Jared Lee Loughner’s classmates or teachers at Pima Community College so concerned about his increasingly bizarre behavior could have contacted local [...]

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). [...]

Exploring the Mind and Behavior of Jared Loughner

By: Monday January 10, 2011 7:35 am

Jared Loughner is not cooperating with police, remaining silent since being taken into custody. So we only have his past patterns to use to try and understand his character and his motivations for arriving at the Tuscon Safeway with a loaded gun on Saturday. It looks increasingly clear that Loughner was a normal teen who [...]

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 [...]

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