Where: Fort Lowell Park: 2900 North Craycroft Rd, Tucson
Watching Gabby Giffords’ progress, listening to her, seeing her struggle two years after she was nearly killed at the point of a gun is as heartening as it is tear-inducing. She is paralyzed on her right side (arm and leg) and also has no peripheral vision on the same side. In other words, she’s partially blind now.
As a result of her gunshot wound, Giffords suffers from a condition called aphasia, and that it is “very difficult for her,” said Kelly. Aphasia is an impairment to language-related functions, such as speaking, writing, listening and reading.
She looks a whole lot like her old self, has that old Giffords spunk, but is still unable to communicate the way she used to.
Here are a few of her responses to Dana Bash’s questions:
On how she spends her days: “Occupational therapy, yogurt.” (Mark Kelly, her husband, gently corrects her.) “Yoga, yoga!”
On Jared Loughner: “Beady eyes.” And, “So sad. Mentally ill.”
On her vision: “Not great at all.”
On whether she is ever resentful about what happened to her: “No. No. Move ahead. Move ahead.”
On herself: “Stronger. Stronger, better, tougher. Stronger, better, tougher.”
On her goals: “I want to make the world a better place. I want to make the world a better place.”
She has, she has.
I got the following email from Gabby Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly that linked me to the above video. It’s always so touching to see Gabby, to marvel at her strength as well as her vulnerability. She survived, but so many other shooting victims don’t. Her credibility quotient is through the roof, so listen up gun zealots. She and her husband have something to say:
Dear Laffy -
Five minutes and thirty-six seconds…
That’s how long it took me to complete a background check to purchase a handgun earlier this month at an Arizona gun store.
Gabby and I are gun owners, so we know background checks are simple, painless, and meant to keep guns out the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
But not everyone knows that.
So when I bought this gun, I went in with a pocket camera to demonstrate how quick and easy it is to complete the background check process. I hope you’ll watch it and share it with your friends and family today.
Background checks are a common sense solution to reduce gun violence that everyone should be able to get behind. Unfortunately, we still have a lot of work to do. Sharing this video is one way we can spread the truth about background checks.
I’m glad we’re in this fight together.
Americans for Responsible Solutions
As you may recall, a gun store refused to sell Gabby Giffords’s husband an assault weapon because, rather than intending to kill with it, he planned on using it to make a point about gun safety.
The wingnut version of “A chicken in every pot”!
The Tucson, Ariz. affiliate of the Armed Citizen Project — a group, according to its website, “dedicated to facilitating the arming of law abiding citizens” — has announced plans to give away free shotguns in an attempt to reduce crime in parts of the city, the Tucson Weekly reported Tuesday.
Shaun McClusky, who has unsuccessfully run for office in Tucson, said he has raised $12,000 for the effort. The recipients of the guns “will receive a cleaning kit, they’ll receive the shotgun, they’ll receive slugs, they’ll go through a background check and they’ll also go through the training class,” he said, according to the report.
The Tucson initiative’s website claimed that budget cuts have negatively impacted the Tucson Police Department’s ability to respond to emergencies, suggesting that residents take self-protection into their own hands.
Nothing could go wrong there…
So much for Mark Kelly’s Second Amendment rights. Can you imagine the uproar if this had happened to a tea partier?
(Reuters) – An Arizona gun store owner has canceled the sale of an assault rifle to the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, after discovering that he made the purchase to highlight the need for gun control.
Mark Kelly got a refund after buying an AR-15 style weapon. The store owner didn’t appreciate the semi-automatic weapon being used as a prop for their anti-violence/gun safety cause.
Here’s what his Facebook message said:
While I support and respect Mark Kelly’s 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible manner, his recent statements to the media made it clear that his intent in purchasing the … rifle from us was for reasons other than for his personal use.”
In light of this fact, I determined that it was in my company’s best interest to terminate this transaction prior to his returning to my store.
So if a gun dealer doesn’t approve of a political reason for legally purchasing a rifle, he can refuse service. And because he runs a private business, it’s constitutional, albeit ironic. And hypocritical.
He’s going to donate the rifle to a police raffle and give the amount of money he would have gotten from selling the rifle to Kelly to a child gun safety program.
“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.
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:
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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