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  • Gabrielle Giffords and husband launch anti-gun violence site

    01/08/2013 3:09:55 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 40 replies
    cnn.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Tina Burnside
    Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly launched a website aimed at curbing gun violence Tuesday, the second anniversary of the mass shooting in Arizona that left her critically wounded. "Two years ago, a mentally ill young man shot me in the head, killed six of my constituents, and wounded 12 others," Giffords wrote on the website. "Since that terrible day, America has seen 11 more mass shootings -- but no response from Congress to prevent gun violence." The website, titled "Americans for Responsible Solutions", also features an opinion article that the couple penned, which was published by...
  • Gabby Giffords to visit Newtown [Keep Exploitation Alive!]

    01/04/2013 2:34:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/3/13 | Dan Burns
    Former US Representative Gabrielle Giffords will visit Newtown, Conn., the site of last month's deadly shooting in which 20 first graders were killed. Giffords survived a mass shooting in her home state of Arizona two years ago... ... Giffords plans to attend a private event at a local home on Friday, Steven Jensen, spokesman for Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, said in an email. The event will have no media access and Giffords' plans are still developing and may change
  • Giffords's husband rips NRA for defiance in response to killings

    12/21/2012 6:47:10 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 58 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Sterling C. Beard
    The husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords ripped the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday for a press conference that defied “common sense” and defended “extreme pro-gun positions.” “Gabby and I are extremely disappointed by the NRA's defiant and delayed response to the massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Mark Kelly said in a statement. “The NRA could have chosen to be a voice for the vast majority of its own members who want common-sense, reasonable safeguards on deadly firearms, but instead it chose to defend extreme pro-gun positions that aren't even popular among...
  • Judge in Gabby Giffords trial calls for assault weapons ban

    12/21/2012 6:55:00 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 56 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Bill Hutchinson
    The federal judge who sentenced former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' gunman is advocating a nationwide ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to take the "mass out of mass shootings." "There is just no reason civilians need to own assault weapons and high-capacity magazines," Judge Larry Allan Burns wrote in Thursday's Los Angeles Times. Since Jared Lee Loughner killed six people and wounded Giffords with his 31-round magazine Glock pistol, there have been six deadlier mass shootings, Burns wrote. "But reasonable, good-faith debates have boundaries, and in the debate about guns, a high-capacity magazine has always seemed to me beyond them,"...
  • Mere 400 votes separate McSally, Barber (AZ, Cong. Dist. 2)

    11/10/2012 8:10:48 AM PST · by rabidralph · 27 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 11/08/2012 | Brady McCombs
    The Congressional District 2 showdown between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Ron Barber has gone into overtime - and it could come down to instant replay. McSally holds a minuscule lead of less than two-tenths of a percentage point over Barber - a 400-vote difference in a race in which more 228,000 votes have been tabulated, with several days of additional vote counting to go. What remains are an estimated 70,000 votes in Pima County, about 27,000 of them provisional ballots that need to be verified and the rest early ballots that were dropped off at polling places or delivered...
  • Did DWS Prompt Giffords?

    09/07/2012 10:32:56 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 39 replies
    9/7/12 | Original buckeye
    Did anyone else hear Debbie Wasserman Schultz loudly say 'I' just before Giffords launched into her rousing Pledge of Allegiance last night?
  • Gabby Giffords

    09/06/2012 9:01:12 PM PDT · by WomBom · 17 replies
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  • Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Recites the Pledge of Allegiance at the DNC (video at link)

    09/06/2012 7:33:16 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 27 replies
    The only good thing I got out of the DNC Convention. Politics aside, may God bless Gabrielle Giffords and her continued recovery.
  • Loughner pleads guilty to Arizona shooting

    08/07/2012 10:01:02 PM PDT · by Down South P.E. · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 8, 2012
    The suspect in a shooting that left a U.S. congresswoman wounded pleaded guilty Tuesday to going on the rampage that killed six other people. The plea spares Jared Lee Loughner the death penalty in an attack that gained worldwide attention. The plea came soon after a federal judge had found that months of forcibly medicating Loughner to treat his schizophrenia had made the 23-year-old college dropout competent to understand the gravity of the charges against him and assist in his defense. At one point, Judge Larry A. Burns asked Loughner if he understood the charges against him and what the...
  • Loughner pleads guilty to Ariz. shooting

    08/07/2012 12:48:06 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August. 7, 2012 | ELLIOT SPAGAT and BOB CHRISTIE
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to going on a shooting rampage at a political gathering, killing six people and wounding his intended target, then-Congresswoman Gabriele Giffords, and 12 others. Loughner's plea spares him the death penalty and came soon after a federal judge found that months of forcibly medicating him to treat his schizophrenia had made the 23-year-old college dropout competent to understand the gravity of the charges and assist in his defense.
  • Loughner to Plead Guilty in Giffords Shooting, Official Says

    08/04/2012 6:54:33 PM PDT · by sitetest · 22 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 4, 2012 | Evan Perez
    Jared Loughner, the young Tucson man accused of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing six people, is set to plead guilty Tuesday, an official familiar with the case said Saturday. A psychologist appointed by the court is expected to say at the hearing that he is competent to plead guilty, the official said. A previously scheduled status hearing has been changed to a change-of-plea hearing. In February, the psychologist said Mr. Loughner, a diagnosed schizophrenic, remained incompetent to stand trial. But she said at the time that the defendant was making progress toward competency, according to federal Judge Larry A....
  • Arizona: Ron Barber wins special election, Gabrielle Giffords' former seat

    06/13/2012 4:31:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    KPHO (CBS Affiliate) ^ | 06/13/2012 | By Lindsey Reiser
    TUCSON, AZ (CBS5/AP) - It's a race for Congress that the entire nation has been watching, and we now know who will fill Gabrielle Gifford's House seat. Ron Barber, who worked as Giffords' aid and was injured in the Tucson shooting, is the winner of the District 8 race. He has about 52 percent of the votes; 86 percent of precincts have turned in their results. This race determines who will be representing Tucson for the next six months in Washington, DC. Right now, Barber has more than a 7 percent lead over Jesse Kelly, who ran against Giffords in...
  • Arizona voters go to polls to fill Gabrielle Giffords’s seat in Congress (Late poll closings?)

    06/12/2012 6:12:36 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 50 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 6/12/12 | Aaron Blake
    Voters in Arizona were set to select a replacement for former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D) in a competitive special election on Tuesday, but late poll closings left the winner undetermined late Tuesday night.
  • Arizona special election: About Gabrielle Giffords or President Obama?

    06/12/2012 4:26:42 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 21 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 6/11/12 | Lourdes Medrano
    The special election Tuesday to fill the House seat vacated by shooting victim Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is overshadowed by the memory of the tragedy, but the Republican has tried to make it about Obama's policies. Tucson, Ariz. In a closely-watched race, Arizona voters on Tuesday will choose a candidate to complete the remainder of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s term in Congress nearly 18 months after a gunshot wound to the head, which forced her to resign in January. The names on the ballot will be Ron Barber as the Democrat and Jesse Kelly as the Republican. But perhaps the two more...
  • Race for Gabby Giffords’ Old Seat Shapes Up for Hard Fight

    06/10/2012 9:50:53 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 8, 2012 | Elizabeth Hartfield
    The race, which has been under way since April, is between Republican nominee Jesse Kelly, a former Marine who ran against Giffords in 2010, and Ron Barber, Giffords’ former district director. Barber himself was injured in the shooting outside the Safeway grocery store on Jan. 8, 2011. He was shot in the leg and the cheek. Giffords has not been very present in Barber’s campaign. She was featured on a mailer paid for by the Democratic Party of Arizona, and she will be campaigning for the candidate this weekend. However, regardless of Giffords level of involvement, the race was never...
  • PAC Behind GOP Candidate for Gabby Giffords Seat Shows Gun in Email Appeal

    06/08/2012 6:01:06 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 31 replies
    NPR ^ | 7 June 2012 | Arnie Siepel
    — Updated at 12:46 pm ET with a statement from Jesse Kelly's campaign. See end of post. — A PAC supporting Jesse Kelly, a former Marine running to replace Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a special election on Tuesday, is using an image Kelly's campaign has avoided thus far — the candidate holding a gun. Kelly, a Republican, ran against Giffords, a Democrat, in 2010. Giffords resigned in January, just over a year after a shooting spree left six dead and the congresswoman critically wounded. Kelly's opponent this time is former Giffords aide Ron Barber, who was shot twice during the...
  • Giffords’s potential successor runs from Obama

    06/04/2012 10:05:48 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | June 4, 2012 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    When it comes to President Barack Obama and the special House election to succeed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, there’s the personal and then there’s the political. The personal: Days after bullets pierced his thigh and cheek in the shooting rampage last year that nearly took Giffords’s life, Ron Barber was paid a special bedside visit by the president and first lady Michelle Obama. But as Barber seeks the seat of his onetime boss in a June 12 special election, the Democrat is loath to mention Obama’s name let alone tout any bond they formed in the dark days after the shooting...
  • Ron Barber clarifies: he's for Obama

    05/24/2012 3:56:28 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | MAY 22, 2012 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    Arizona special election candidate Ron Barber, who talked around a debate question about who he's supporting in the presidential race, released a statement clarifying that he's an Obama guy. Here's the statement from spokeswoman Jessica Schultz: Ron’s point last night was that the election on June 12 isn't about president Obama, or any other national figure--it's about who is going to do the best job fighting for middle class families in southern Arizona. While Ron does not agree with the President on everything, of course Ron has supported and will support President Obama in the election. His primary focus as...
  • Jesse Kelly picked as GOP candidate in Ariz.'s CD8

    04/18/2012 3:58:06 AM PDT · by CanadianYankee · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 18 April 2012 | WALTER BERRY
    Voters in southern Arizona's 8th Congressional District on Tuesday night chose Republican Jesse Kelly to face former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber in a special election to replace the wounded ex-congresswoman.........
  • Flags, Ships and Awards – the new lowered standards of honor in the US

    02/15/2012 3:59:18 PM PST · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-15-12 | Mataharley
    If we are to gauge the level of respect and honor in our civil society, we need only look to those we - or our elected representatives - consider deserving of special hero worship. Some of these high honors include the flying of Old Glory at half-staff, the honor of having Naval vessels named for an individual, or perhaps being the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Considering several events of late, I can not help but think that the standards that our society deems iconic have hit some unacceptable lows. Three examples of late have had me shaking...