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Giffords Marks 3rd Anniversary of Shooting With Skydive

Tucson ceremonies remember victims

(Newser) - Gabby Giffords marked the third anniversary of being shot in the head in Tucson by, of all ways, skydiving. Elsewhere across the city, others gathered for bell-ringing and flag-raising ceremonies to remember the six killed and 13 injured—including the former Arizona congresswoman—on Jan. 8, 2011. Giffords waved and... More »

Gabby Giffords: What I've Gained

Physical recovery gives hope against odds

(Newser) - On the third anniversary of Gabrielle Giffords' shooting, the former congresswoman writes that "many may look at me and see mostly what I have lost": the ease of speaking, strong eyesight, a right arm and leg that move. But in an op-ed for the New York Times , Giffords for... More »

Giffords to Attend 1st Gun Show Since Shooting

To promote background checks

(Newser) - A gun show may seem like the last thing a shooting victim would want to attend, but Gabrielle Giffords won't be at the Saratoga Springs Arms Fair tomorrow to promote firearms—the former Arizona congresswoman is going to promote stricter gun control laws. New York's gun shows are... More »

Giffords Fires Gun for First Time Since Being Shot

She and Mark Kelly are on gun control tour

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords kicked off her seven-day, seven-state "Rights and Responsibilities Tour" for gun control by firing a gun for the first time since she was shot by Jared Lee Loughner, Politico reports. The former congresswoman, aided by husband Mark Kelly, took one shot with a handgun at a Las... More »

'Furious' Giffords: Senate Shamed Itself

Background-check bill was not a tough vote, and some kowtowed to gun lobby

(Newser) - It was "political fear" and "cold calculations" that drove a Senate minority to block a gun background-check measure yesterday. But "that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets,... More »

Giffords to Congress: Background Checks. Now.

Misinformation is stalling a no-brainer that everyone wants

(Newser) - "I think about patience every day," says Gabrielle Giffords, as she rehabilitates from being shot in the head two years ago. But as she looks at the gun control dance playing out on Capitol Hill, she finds herself running short of that particular virtue. "What are they... More »

Parents Took Loughner's Gun as He Grew Unstable

He also cried at traffic stop on morning of Arizona shooting, documents show

(Newser) - Jared Lee Loughner started acting so erratically in the months leading up to his 2011 shooting spree that his parents confiscated his shotgun on the advice of the community college that expelled him , reports the Arizona Republic . (Loughner used a different weapon in the Tucson rampage.) His father even... More »

Giffords to Get JFK Courage Award

Caroline Kennedy will present it in May

(Newser) - Gabby Giffords has been named this year's recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for her advocacy on reducing gun violence . JFK daughter Caroline Kennedy will present the award to Giffords at a May 5 ceremony. "Instead of retreating following the tragic shooting that ended... More »

SOTU Guests: Ted Nugent, Mohawk Guy

A look at who will be attending tonight's State of the Union address

(Newser) - Who will be sitting in the audience when President Obama gives his State of the Union address tonight? Well, not everyone will be a fan:
  • Ted Nugent will be there as a guest of Rep. Steve Stockman, Talking Points Memo reports. Nugent wants to "counter the scams and lies
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Giffords Preps for New Battle: Gun Control

Husband Mark Kelly helps her fill in the gaps

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords seems an unlikely advocate for gun control, considering she hardly eeks out two-word answers in an interview about her future. "A little," she says of missing Washington; "wasteland," she quips about her least-favorite place. But that very strain could make the former Democratic lawmaker... More »

Mark Kelly: 'We Can Fix This'

Giffords' hubby wants background checks, assault weapon ban, limited magazine sizes

(Newser) - Mark Kelly took his campaign for stricter gun control to Fox this morning, Politico reports, telling the network that it's time to enact universal background checks and that limiting magazine capacities "would have made a big difference" in the shooting that killed six and injured wife Gabrielle Giffords.... More »

Phoenix Shooting Suspect, 70, Still at Large; 1 Dead

Legal dispute may have led to assault

(Newser) - One of three people shot this morning in a Phoenix office has died, reports the Arizona Republic . Police have identified the suspect as 70-year-old Arthur Douglas Harmon, who fled the scene in a rental car and remains at large. Harmon apparently went to the building this morning to take part... More »

Giffords: Too Many Children Are Dying

Former rep is passionate, Wayne LaPierre defiant in testimony

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords delivered a short, powerful, and somewhat difficult to watch statement on Capitol Hill today to kick off the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on gun control. "Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important," Giffords said in halting tones. "Too many children are... More »

Giffords Testifying at Senate Gun Violence Hearing

Where, unfortunately for Lindsey Graham and ted Cruz, there will be no guns

(Newser) - Continuing her campaign against gun violence, Gabrielle Giffords will testify today at a Senate hearing on the issue. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing—the first on gun violence in 14 months—was already expected to be a dramatic showdown, the Washington Post reports. Giffords is not expected to take questions;... More »

Giffords on Gun Violence: 'Enough'

Giffords, Mark Kelly talk to Diane Sawyer about gun control group

(Newser) - Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly sat down with Diane Sawyer last night to talk about their new gun control group and their emotional visit to Newtown in the wake of the school shooting there. Highlights from ABC News :
  • Giffords and Kelly, both now retired, initially imagined a life out of
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Giffords, Kelly Launch Gun Control Group

They say it will be able to counter the gun lobby's influence

(Newser) - Today is the second anniversary of Gabrielle Giffords' shooting , and she and Mark Kelly mark the occasion by launching a group pushing for "responsible" gun laws. "Until now, the gun lobby's political contributions, advertising, and lobbying have dwarfed spending from anti-gun-violence groups. No longer," they write... More »

Conn. Lawmaker to Giffords: 'Stay Out!'

DebraLee Hovey didn't take kindly to Giffords' visit

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords visited Newtown, Conn., on Friday, and though it seems difficult to imagine such an event could stir up controversy, one state legislator managed to do so. On the day of Giffords' visit, State Rep. DebraLee Hovey posted, "Gabby Gifford [sic] stay out of my towns!!" on... More »

Gabby Giffords Heads to Newtown

Will meet privately with shooting victims' families

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords is planning a trip a Newtown home today, where she'll meet privately with families of the Sandy Hook massacre victims, the AP reports. Connecticut's lieutenant governor has also been invited to the meeting, which is "planned but not confirmed," officials say. It's possible... More »

NASA Taps Astronaut for Longest US Space Mission

Scott Kelly to spend a year in space

(Newser) - His twin brother may be the bigger household name , but that could change come 2015. Capt. Scott Kelly, who claims Mark Kelly and wife Gabby Giffords among his family members, is scheduled to blast off on a one-year mission to the International Space Station in the spring of that year.... More »

Gabby Giffords Staffer Wins Her House Seat

Ron Barber was wounded in the 2011 shooting spree

(Newser) - The man handpicked by Gabby Giffords to take her House seat has prevailed by a razor-thin margin, reports the AP via the Huffington Post . Ron Barber, a Giffords aide who was wounded in the leg and cheek in the 2011 Tucson shooting spree, defeated Republican Martha McSally. Barber has been... More »

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