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 [...]

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 [...]

Tucson Shooting Hero Daniel Hernandez Supports Gun Safety Changes

By: Tuesday January 25, 2011 2:02 pm

Daniel Hernandez, rightly lauded as a hero for saving the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during the shooting in Tucson, has stepped forward on the public policy issue of gun control, supporting a variety of changes to gun laws along the lines of what several lawmakers have proposed. Daniel Hernandez, the intern who rushed to [...]

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 [...]

Gun Safety Advocates Face Deep Climb in Congress

By: Friday January 14, 2011 11:42 am

A few commentators, including Rachel Maddow, have taken pessimists to task for suggesting that the chances of actual meaningful gun safety legislation in the wake of the Tucson assassination attempt are quite low. I think it’s more accurate to describe those pessimists as realists. And joining them is one of the most ardent gun safety [...]

There’s Only You and Me and We Just Disagree

By: Friday January 14, 2011 9:50 am

That’s the sentiment of Paul Krugman’s column today, which makes a crucial distinction amidst this call for civility in the discourse, one I think a lot of people are missing. Sitting in a mixed bipartisan fashion or boy-girl-boy-girl at the State of the Union, or vowing to “come together” after a national tragedy is a [...]

Boehner’s Absence at Tucson Memorial Receives Criticism

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 9:54 am

Brian Beutler has some further information on why John Boehner declined an invitation to come to Tucson on Air Force One last night. Boehner’s staff doesn’t deny that he spent at least part of his night in Washington at a reception for RNC Chair hopeful Maria Cino, who he has endorsed (according to them, that [...]

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