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VIDEO-- Gabby Giffords: "Be bold, be courageous, please support background checks."

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"Fight, fight, fight!"

"Be bold, be courageous, please support background checks."

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly held an event at the very Safeway parking lot where she was shot back in 2011.

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I'd love to know how many of those very vocal gun zealots would have half her courage if they were in her shoes, if they had been on the brink of death due to a bullet in the head from one of their fellow Glock-semi-automatic-with-a-33-round magazine-lovers. How many of them would still be pretending that their Second Amendment rights would be snatched from them due to common sense gun safety measures if they experienced anything close to this:

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Remember: There was a "good guy" with a gun that day in Arizona, and he nearly shot a good guy without a gun:

But before we embrace Zamudio's brave intervention as proof of the value of being armed, let's hear the whole story. "I came out of that store, I clicked the safety off, and I was ready," he explained on Fox and Friends. "I had my hand on my gun. I had it in my jacket pocket here. And I came around the corner like this." Zamudio demonstrated how his shooting hand was wrapped around the weapon, poised to draw and fire. As he rounded the corner, he saw a man holding a gun. "And that's who I at first thought was the shooter," Zamudio recalled. "I told him to 'Drop it, drop it!' "

But the man with the gun wasn't the shooter. He had wrested the gun away from the shooter. "Had you shot that guy, it would have been a big, fat mess," the interviewer pointed out.

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Gabrielle Giffords’ husband to shooter: Political class "afraid to do something as simple as have a meaningful debate about our gun laws."

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The following excerpt must not be overlooked and deserves more attention than it's gotten so far. Gabby Giffords’ husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke on behalf of his wife at her shooter's sentencing. He said the following to his face.

The entire statement is at CNN. Please read the whole thing, because it is as powerful as it is heartfelt:

We are a people who can watch a young man like you spiral into murderous rampage without choosing to intervene before it is too late.

We have a political class that is afraid to do something as simple as have a meaningful debate about our gun laws and how they are being enforced. We have representatives who look at gun violence,
 not as a problem to solve, but as the white elephant in the room to ignore. As a nation we have repeatedly passed up the opportunity to address this issue. After Columbine; after Virginia Tech; after Tucson and after Aurora we have done nothing.

In this state we have elected officials so feckless in their leadership that they would say, as in the case of Governor Jan Brewer, “I don't think it has anything to do with the size of the magazine or the caliber of the gun.” She went on and said, “Even if the shooter's weapon had held fewer bullets, he'd have another gun, maybe. He could have three guns in his pocket” – she said this just one week after a high capacity magazine allowed you to kill six and wound 19 others, before being wrestled to the ground while attempting to reload. Or a state legislature that thought it appropriate to busy itself naming an official Arizona state gun just weeks after this tragedy occurred, instead of doing the work it was elected to do: encourage economic growth, help our returning veterans and fix our education system.

Like many of you, I've been heartsick over the lack of interest and political will to do something about the lax gun laws and easy access to firearms in this country. What in the hell does it take? This isn't enough for them?

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PhotOh! First photos of Gabrielle Giffords released since shooting

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Gabby Giffords has posted new photos on her Facebook page. It is so great to see her beautiful smile again!

Statement from the photographer, in part:

"It was very inspiring to see how much she had recovered in 4½ months. I was excited to see her and to see her smile. She was glad to see me, was in a good mood, smiling and laughing and seemed to enjoy the experience. I certainly did, too.”


P.K. Weis, SouthwestPhotoBank.com


Background of the photographer

The photos were taken by P.K. Weis of SouthwestPhotoBank.com. He has worked as a photojournalist in the Southwest for about four decades. He worked at the Tucson Citizen for 36 years, including 30 as photo editor, until the paper closed in 2009. Weis has known Congresswoman Giffords for more than a decade, since before she was first elected to the Legislature.

The photos were taken May 17 at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, the day after the launch of Endeavour and the day before she had her cranioplasty.

Welcome back, Gabby. Heartfelt wishes for a full recovery.

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Report: Gabby Giffords struggles to communicate, return to Congress uncertain

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My posts about Gabby Giffords are usually filed under "Moment of Happy", but sadly, not this one. Via the L.A. Times:

Gabrielle Giffords is nowhere close to returning to Congress. And there remains real doubt whether she ever will.

That's appears to be the bootom line of an article Thursday in the Arizona Republic [...]

Now, six months later, she still struggles mightily to communicate, although her staff believes her comprehension skills are strong. And it remains unclear just how much damage her brain has suffered.

Asked for a blunt description of Giffords’ condition, her chief of staff, Pia Carusone, replied:  "She's living. She's alive. But if she were to plateau today, and this was as far as she gets, it would not be nearly the quality of life she had before... As to whether she resembles herself before the shooting, Carusone said, “There's no comparison. All that we can hope for is that she won't plateau today and that she'll keep going and that when she does plateau, it will be at a place far away from here."

Carusone went on to say that they were getting close to the time when Giffords would feel comfortable releasing a photo.

She would have to file by May 2012 if she wants to run again. From what they're telling us, that doesn't look likely.

Our hearts are with you, Gabby.

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Video- The Ed Show: Pat Buchanan power froths defending Palin

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If I didn't know better I'd think Pat was worried about his little starburts' political future.

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