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January 9, 2013 | By Sari Horwitz and Philip Rucker, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Mark Kelly woke up in the middle of the night in his hotel room in China and looked at his BlackBerry: 20 children in Newtown, Conn., all shot to death. He called his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, who was thousands of miles away. "I said to her, 'Gabby, we can't just put out a statement anymore,' " Kelly recounted Tuesday. "Twenty first graders and their teachers, murdered in a classroom. If we just talk about it, things won't change. We need to try and help. " With that, a couple who survived their own episode of gun violence decided to make themselves the new faces of the push to toughen the country's gun laws.
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August 8, 2012 | By Elliot Spagat and Bob Christie, Associated Press
TUCSON, Ariz. - Jared Lee Loughner agreed Tuesday to spend the rest of his life in prison, accepting that he went on a deadly shooting rampage at an Arizona political gathering and sparing the victims a lengthy, possibly traumatic death-penalty trial. His plea came soon after a federal judge found that months of psychiatric treatment for schizophrenia made Loughner able to understand charges that he killed six people and wounded 13 others, including his intended target, then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
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January 27, 2012
A year after she was shot in the head, Gabrielle Giffords put politics aside and stepped down gracefully from her seat in Congress. The Arizona Democrat was saluted with fitting bipartisan tributes and a standing ovation after returning to the House floor Wednesday for an emotional farewell. She had announced earlier this week that she would resign to focus on her recovery. Colleagues gave Giffords a final legislative victory by unanimously approving a border security bill she had sponsored.
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May 6, 2013
5 women die in limousine fire SAN FRANCISCO - A limousine taking nine women to a bachelorette party erupted in flames, killing five of the passengers, including the bride-to-be, authorities and the mother of one of the survivors said Sunday. The limo caught fire at around 10 p.m. Saturday on one of the busiest bridges on San Francisco Bay, California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel told the Associated Press. Five of the women were trapped, but the four other women managed to get out after the vehicle came to a stop on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, the patrol said.
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March 28, 2013 | By Brian Skoloff and Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press
PHOENIX - Documents released Wednesday detailing the shooting of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords show how the gunman had grown increasingly erratic and delusional in the months leading up to the rampage as he alienated friends and family and became paranoid that police were out to get him. The roughly 2,700 pages included witness and survivor accounts from people who helped save Giffords' life after she was shot in the head outside a Tucson supermarket...
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April 19, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
LATELY, Mark Kelly has been looking into politicians' eyes, into their souls, and he's seen only one thing - fear. The lawmakers, whom Kelly didn't identify, were afraid of how gun lobbyists would have reacted if the pols had backed a bill from Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to expand background checks on gun buyers. The bill was rejected Wednesday by the U.S. Senate. "I hope average people will remember how the vote went down today," Kelly, the retired astronaut and husband of former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, told an audience at "Finding Common Ground: Moving Forward," a gun-violence forum hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice.
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June 17, 2011 | By Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press
HOUSTON - In the long run, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords should flourish from returning to a home life with her husband. But in the days and weeks ahead, she and her family will have to make difficult adjustments to this new phase in her recovery. While Giffords gets used to living outside a hospital for the first time in more than six months, her family - especially her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly - will learn to care for a person who still has significant cognitive and physical problems caused by a devastating gunshot wound to the head.
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March 29, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
PHOENIX - Key information about Jared Lee Loughner's mental state - and the fact that no one did much to get him help - emerged as a key theme in roughly 2,700 pages of investigative papers released Wednesday. Still, there was nothing to indicate exactly why he targeted former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a deadly attack in 2011. Almost everyone who crossed paths with Loughner in the year before he shot Giffords described a man who was becoming more unhinged and delusional by the day. He got fired from a clothing store and thrown out of college, shaved his head and got tattoos of bullets on his shoulder.
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January 24, 2012 | By Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press
TUCSON, Ariz. - In one of her last acts in office, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords met Monday with other survivors and supporters more than a year after gunfire interrupted a spontaneous meet-and-greet with constituents outside a Tucson grocery store. As part of a bittersweet day, Giffords finished the meeting she had started on the morning of Jan. 8, 2011, by spending time at her office with others who had been at the scene of the rampage that killed six people and injured 13 others, including Giffords.
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November 9, 2012 | Associated Press
TUCSON, ARIZ. - Gabrielle Giffords limped to the front of the courtroom and stared silently Thursday as she came face-to-face for the first time with the man who tried to kill her. The former congresswoman hadn't been near Jared Lee Loughner since the deadly rampage outside a meet-and-greet at a supermarket that killed six people and left her partially blind, with a paralyzed right arm and brain injury. Giffords' astronaut husband told Loughner what Giffords couldn't, before he was sentenced to seven life terms for the January 2011 slayings and attempted assassination of a member of Congress.
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May 6, 2013
5 women die in limousine fire SAN FRANCISCO - A limousine taking nine women to a bachelorette party erupted in flames, killing five of the passengers, including the bride-to-be, authorities and the mother of one of the survivors said Sunday. The limo caught fire at around 10 p.m. Saturday on one of the busiest bridges on San Francisco Bay, California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel told the Associated Press. Five of the women were trapped, but the four other women managed to get out after the vehicle came to a stop on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, the patrol said.
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April 23, 2013 | By E. J. Dionne, For The Inquirer
Victories often contain the seeds of future defeats. So it is - or should be - with the Senate's morally reprehensible rejection of expanded background checks for gun buyers. The outcome is a test of both an invigorated gun-safety movement and a gun lobby that decided to go for broke. The National Rifle Association assumed that blocking new gun legislation in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre would firmly establish its dominance. Advocates of sane gun regulations would scatter in despair and be torn apart by recriminations.
NEWS
April 20, 2013
There's no use passing laws against jaywalking, because some pedestrians will still jaywalk. There's no use passing laws against speeding, because motorists will still speed. There's no use making it a crime to rape or murder, because victims will still be assaulted. As dumb as those statements sound, they sum up the view of lawmakers who say there's no use passing tougher gun laws because criminals will break them. Despite all the carnage that has occurred in this country - not just the recent massacres, but also the daily toll of urban gun violence - they still don't get it. Because these lawmakers won't acknowledge that more restrictive gun laws can reduce violence even though they won't end it, the Senate on Wednesday killed a bill cosponsored by Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.)
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April 19, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
LATELY, Mark Kelly has been looking into politicians' eyes, into their souls, and he's seen only one thing - fear. The lawmakers, whom Kelly didn't identify, were afraid of how gun lobbyists would have reacted if the pols had backed a bill from Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to expand background checks on gun buyers. The bill was rejected Wednesday by the U.S. Senate. "I hope average people will remember how the vote went down today," Kelly, the retired astronaut and husband of former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, told an audience at "Finding Common Ground: Moving Forward," a gun-violence forum hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice.
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April 18, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Facing stubborn resistance that threatens to sink his background-check bill, Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) pressed to win over wavering colleagues Tuesday while questions swirled around the vote of one of the Senate's most reliable advocates for tougher gun laws: New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg. With about 40 senators publicly opposed to the bipartisan plan to expand background checks on gun buyers, Toomey and his cosponsor, Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), faced an increasingly narrow path to the 60 votes they needed to advance the bill.
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March 29, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
PHOENIX - Key information about Jared Lee Loughner's mental state - and the fact that no one did much to get him help - emerged as a key theme in roughly 2,700 pages of investigative papers released Wednesday. Still, there was nothing to indicate exactly why he targeted former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a deadly attack in 2011. Almost everyone who crossed paths with Loughner in the year before he shot Giffords described a man who was becoming more unhinged and delusional by the day. He got fired from a clothing store and thrown out of college, shaved his head and got tattoos of bullets on his shoulder.
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | By Brian Skoloff and Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press
PHOENIX - Documents released Wednesday detailing the shooting of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords show how the gunman had grown increasingly erratic and delusional in the months leading up to the rampage as he alienated friends and family and became paranoid that police were out to get him. The roughly 2,700 pages included witness and survivor accounts from people who helped save Giffords' life after she was shot in the head outside a Tucson supermarket...
NEWS
January 11, 2013
TO RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS: If you don't trust Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, whom do you trust? Two years ago, U.S. Rep. Giffords took a bullet in the head during an attack that killed six, wounded 12 others. In a sense, as a representative of the people, the pro-gun Democrat took that bullet for you and me. Like you and me, Giffords is a responsible gun owner, as is her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, the son of two New Jersey police officers and a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.
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January 9, 2013 | By Sari Horwitz and Philip Rucker, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Mark Kelly woke up in the middle of the night in his hotel room in China and looked at his BlackBerry: 20 children in Newtown, Conn., all shot to death. He called his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, who was thousands of miles away. "I said to her, 'Gabby, we can't just put out a statement anymore,' " Kelly recounted Tuesday. "Twenty first graders and their teachers, murdered in a classroom. If we just talk about it, things won't change. We need to try and help. " With that, a couple who survived their own episode of gun violence decided to make themselves the new faces of the push to toughen the country's gun laws.
NEWS
December 16, 2012 | By Sari Horwitz, Washington Post
Adam Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School carrying a Glock, a SIG Sauer, and a Bushmaster rifle, all legally registered to his mother, law enforcement officials said, and all capable of massive killing power. He chose the rifle over the two handguns, inflicting "devastating" multiple wounds on his 26 victims, said Connecticut's chief medical examiner. Police said that they found "dozens and dozens" of shell casings from .223 high-velocity rounds inside the school, the type of spent casings that come from bullets used in the Bushmaster rifle.
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