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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 »

Gun Store to Mark Kelly: No AR-15 Purchase for You

Sends him refund, won't give him firearm

(Newser) - Well, so much for that: Mark Kelly recently went to an Arizona gun store to buy an AR-15, his goal being to show how easy it is to procure one ... but now the gun store won't give it to him. After buying the gun, Kelly told CNN , "It... 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 »

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 »

Gabby Giffords Meets With Newtown Families

They talk about need for gun laws at private event

(Newser) - Gabby Giffords met privately yesterday with families of victims from the Newtown shooting as well as local political leaders, reports the Hartford Courant . The event was kept low-key, but the topics of gun laws, mental illness, and "concerns that our society has become desensitized to acts of violence, conflict... 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 and I Are Done Thinking About You'

Loughner gets life for Giffords rampage

(Newser) - Gabby Giffords stood about 20 feet away from Jared Lee Loughner in court today but chose not to speak at his sentencing—during which a judge guaranteed that he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, reports AP . Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, delivered... More »

Giffords to Confront Gunman in Court

Jared Lee Loughner set for life sentencing

(Newser) - The Arizona gunman who killed six people and wounded 13, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will be sentenced to life in prison this morning—and Giffords herself will be in the courtroom, Politico reports. A federal plea bargain this summer will put Jared Lee Loughner, 24, behind bars for life,... More »

Loughner Pleads Guilty, Is Deemed Competent

Gabrielle Giffords supports plea that spares him the death penalty

(Newser) - Jared Lee Loughner won't face the death penalty for his shooting spree against Gabrielle Giffords that killed six. The 23-year-old pleaded guilty today and will likely get a life sentence instead, reports AP . Before the plea, the judge declared Loughner competent to stand trial should he go that route,... More »

Mark Kelly: Gabby Should Find Closure Tomorrow

Ron Barber battles Jesse Kelly for Giffords' old seat

(Newser) - Arizona voters head to the polls tomorrow to determine who will replace Gabrielle Giffords in Congress; yesterday, Giffords herself weighed in on the matter. The former congresswoman made a campaign appearance on behalf of former aide Ron Barber, who faces Republican Jesse Kelly in what's expected to be a... More »

Gabby Giffords' Hubby Pens Kids' Book

Mark Kelly spins tale of mouse in space

(Newser) - Mark Kelly retired as an astronaut just last fall—but he's already back to work. Gabrielle Giffords' husband is writing a children's book about a mouse who travels to space, the AP reports. It's called Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story, and it's inspired by some of... More »

Mark Kelly Won't Run for Wife Giffords' Seat

'I need to focus on Gabby,' he says

(Newser) - Mark Kelly has put to rest rumors that he would run for wife Gabby Giffords' congressional seat in Arizona. "I'm not running," the newly retired astronaut tells CNN in an interview airing today. "My job right now is to make sure Gabby has everything she needs.... More »

Tucson Survivor: Giffords 'Makes Me Want to Vomit'

George Morris was at grocery store event to reprimand her

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords doesn't have to face a ton of partisan rancor these days—but that doesn't extend to George Morris. Morris, a self-described "ultraconservative" in Giffords' district, went to her Congress on Your Corner event on the day of the shooting to reprimand her for voting for... More »

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