A few years back someone walked up to then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords outside a Safeway in Tucson, Arizona, and shot her in the head. The shooter, Jared Loughner, killed six and injured a dozen or so others. In 2012, another nut shot up a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Later that year, a shooter walked into a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school and murdered 20 children. These are only a few high-profile examples of the dozens of mass shootings that have taken place in the last several years. After Newtown, President Obama and many members of Congress finally felt compelled to make the first serious push for gun control legislation in decades. Their demands were eventually whittled down to some modest measures, such as expanding background checks for gun buyers.
Once upon a time, Barack Obama could deliver a game changing speech. His 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address thrust him into national headlines; his Philadelphia speech on race closed the book on the Reverend Jeremiah Wright furor; and his eulogy brought the nation together after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will celebrate her miraculous recovery from the Tucson, Ariz. shooting that nearly took her life three years ago by jumping out of an airplane Wednesday. In January 2011, gunman Jared Loughner entered a Giffords campaign event and began shooting, murdering six people and wounding 13 others. Giffords was shot in the head and had to undergo intensive physical therapy. On the third anniversary of that shooting, Giffords is going skydiving in southern Arizona to celebrate her survival.
TODAY, the anniversary of the shooting in Tucson that put a bullet through my head and killed six of my constituents, is when I make my annual resolutions. Many may look at me and see mostly what I have lost. I struggle to speak, my eyesight’s not great, my right arm and leg are paralyzed, and I left a job I loved representing southern Arizona in Congress.
How the N.R.A. crushed background checks.
Mike Malloy's thoughts on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Sarah Palin's 8 minute rant on why it was okay to have her website with gunshot cross hairs on certain members of Congress, including Giffords, who incidentally was shot.