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In Newtown, A Father Sends His First Grader Back to School

Friday, January 04, 2013

WNYC's Yasmeen Khan caught up with Glenn Schicker, whose first grade daughter attends Sandy Hook Elementary. Her best friend and fellow first-grader was killed in the shooting.

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Opinion: Two Anniversaries, One Vision of Nonviolence

Monday, January 09, 2012

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords led a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance on Sunday, one year after a shooting spree that claimed six lives and left her gravely wounded.

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One Year After Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Shooting

Monday, January 09, 2012

Sunday marked one year since the Tuscon, Arizona shooting where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords suffered a gunshot wound to head. In total, thirteen people were injured and six other killed, including the shooter. At 10:11 a.m., when the shooting started, church bells and bells passed out to residents will ring out across Tucson. 

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Opinion: What if we Blamed Obama for the IHOP Shooting? Crazy, Huh?

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

It's been months since Tucson but it's hard to forget the repulsive behavior exhibited by so many on the left. The finger-pointing in the wake of that tragedy was unacceptable and unforgettable. To have the president shrug at these sorts of comments from someone on his own side, while sharing a stage, is a problem.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Doing 'Incredibly Well'

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

From what I understand, she's done incredibly well considering the close range of the injury and has made absolutely remarkable recovery.

— Dr. Brent Masel, the national medical director of the Brain Injury Association, on Giffords' recovery.

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Rep. Wasserman Schultz on Mark Kelly's Space Trip, Gabrielle Giffords

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Space Shuttle Endeavor is schedule to launch at 3:47 PM on today. Big crowds are expected at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida — because this is not any ordinary launch. The 14-day mission will be the Endeavor’s 25th and FINAL voyage and it is the second to last space shuttle launch in the foreseeable future. The program will be ending in June.

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Bloomberg Lobbies For Gun Control Bill

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging Congress to pass a bill strengthening background checks for gun purchases. He was in Washington DC on Tuesday lobbying for the measure.

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Guns Don’t Kill People, Bullets Kill People

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Experience suggests there is little chance the attack will produce significant new legislation, let alone change a national culture that has been accepting of guns since its inception—unless we try something new and different.

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Who Is Responsible For An Act of Insanity?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

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The insanity defense has been a political football for as long as murder has been a political football. In other words we have crafted the jurisprudence of the insanity defence to follow political feelings about the insanity defense, it's not a medical or psychiatric defense, it's a completely political animal.

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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During President's Visit, Tucson Begins Healing Process

Thursday, January 13, 2011

After a shooting spree over the weekend that left six people dead and a U.S. Congresswoman in critical condition, President Barack Obama flew to Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday to offer his condolences to the community. Obama spoke last night at service titled, "Together We Thrive: Tucson and America." Despite the occasion for grief, many at the rally seemed energized, in part by the news that during the president's visit to her hospital bed, Rep. Giffords (D-Ariz.) opened her eyes for the first time since the attack. It was estimated that more than 14,000 people were in attendance. 

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Comments Roundup: Palin's 'Blood Libel' Remarks

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sarah Palin made headlines this morning by saying that she was the victim of "blood libel." In the wake of the tragic Arizona shootings this past weekend, Palin has drawn heat for her previous use of gun-related imagery in speeches, and for releasing a map that featured a cross-hair symbol over Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' district. In a video statement, Palin dismissed her critics for attributing Jared Lee Loughner's actions to Tea Party rhetoric. That set off a flurry of commenting on the It's a Free Country message boards.

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The Complex Political Landscape in Tucson

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Days after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords this weekend — and the deaths of six others at the same incident — the question of “why” remains.

The theories have come fast and furious since this weekend, shedding little light.

Some have hinged on drug use. Others have focused on a mentally unbalanced young man. Still others have looked for ties to the tea party. And it may be weeks before any real motive can be found in the assorted notes, emails and accounts that are creating a composite picture of suspect Jared Lee Loughner.

But that is less true of the setting of the shootings, Pima County and the city of Tucson. A mix of big college town with a strong, activist conservative base, Pima is a complicated backdrop.

A complex blend of seeming contradictions, Pima is a county where the long-serving Democratic Sheriff can rail against conservatives who talk about “tearing down the government” — as he did this weekend. It is also the place where a congresswoman can have her office vandalized after voting in favor of the health care reform bill — as happened to Giffords last year.

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Open Thread: Sarah Palin Criticizes 'Blood Libel'

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Early Wednesday morning, Sarah Palin released a video response to the tragedy in Tucson. In her first extended remarks since Saturday's attack, she condemned the debate about violent political rhetoric that's followed.

"Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible," she said.

Watch the video below, and tell us: what do you make of Palin's response?

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Novelist's Loner Protagonist is All Too Real in Tucson

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Like the rest of the twitteratithe novelist Walter Kirn quickly tried to make sense of the Arizona shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several others.

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Tucson Shooting: The Continued Fallout

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

All of this bleeds into the mood, and the atmosphere in the country, the sense of urgency. It's the difference between having a debate and political philosophy, and constantly communicating to people, who are unstable and who are on the fringe or who feel deeply threatened and frustrated, that this is the armaggedon, and the fate of the Republic and the fate of our children rests on it. That kind of overheated rhetoric is on cable TV every night, the blogs of both ideologies every night. That kind of rhetoric inevitably leads people to see themselves as actors in a grand human historic drama, in a way that I think becomes closely linked to a tendency toward violence.

Matt Bai writer of the Political Times column for The New York Times, on The Brian Leher Show.

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WQXR News

Congress Increases Security Following Arizona Shooting

Monday, January 10, 2011

Members of Congress are increasing their vigilance at public gatherings following the shooting in Arizona on Saturday. Six people were killed and Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords is in critical condition, after a man opened fire in front of a supermarket in Tucson.

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It is the Right Time to Examine Our Political Culture, Gun Laws

Monday, January 10, 2011

Prayer is an appropriate, but not a sufficient, reaction to Saturday’s event. Fortunately, we as a nation are equipped with the necessary tools: the ability to pass legislation, to engage in and transform political discourse and to support a robust political process.

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Politics Aside, Expect Legal Strategy to Shift with Facts

Monday, January 10, 2011

More charges are expected against the man suspected of killing six people and severely wounding Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Federal prosecutors have already charged 22 year-old Jared Lee Loughner with five felony counts, including attempted assassination of a member of Congress.

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What The Tuscon Massacre Means For Washington

Monday, January 10, 2011

In this case it is at least legitimate to look at the possible connection between the surrounding political rhetoric and the act of a deranged and violent person.

James Fallows on The Brian Leher Show.

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Arizona's Ugly Political History

Monday, January 10, 2011

I was raised in Tucson’s Barrio Hollywood, lived in Arizona for the first 30 years of my life and considered it home even after I left to begin my academic career. My memories are good and bad. The good include the pleasures of youth complemented by great food, especially the uniquely savory carne seca chimichangas and green corn tamales that are the best I have ever tasted. The bad include discrimination of varying types and intensity.

But the state’s apparent commitment to resuscitating its myopic and racist past weighs increasingly on my estrangement from my home state.

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