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Gabby Giffords, two years later: "I want to make the world a better place."

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gabby giffords mark kelly 2 years later April 2013

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.

CNN:

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.

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Conservative judge: "I don't care whether it's called gun control or a gun ban. I'm for it." VIDEO ADDED.

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Video added. Thank you Lawrence.

Larry Alan Burns, a federal district judge in San Diego, California, sentenced Gabby Giffords' shooter-- who murdered six including a nine-year-old girl-- to seven consecutive life terms plus 140 years in federal prison. He also wrote an op-ed that's in today's L.A. Times. He writes that Jared Loughner was only subdued after he emptied a 31-round magazine into his victims and was trying to load another.

Newtown, Connecticut murderer Adam Lanza used a semiautomatic rifle with 30-round magazines to spray bullets into his tiny human targets.

Judge Burns is a self-described conservative and gun owner who has become an Enough is Enougher and is now questioning "the social utility of high-capacity magazines" and "lamented the expiration of the federal assault weapons ban in 2004."

In his op-ed, he notes that half of the nation's deadliest shootings occurred after the ban expired, and as he also notes that the ban wasn't "all that stringent." He understands that no law will completely stop the crazies from killing, but agrees with many of us whose goal is to "be able to take the 'mass' out of 'mass shooting,' or at least make the perpetrator's job a bit harder."

He also realizes it's unrealistic to ban all guns and that, clearly, there are Second Amendment issues to contend with. However, he favors bringing back the assault weapons ban, only "with teeth."

Ban the manufacture, importation, sale, transfer and possession of both assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Don't let people who already have them keep them. Don't let ones that have already been manufactured stay on the market. I don't care whether it's called gun control or a gun ban. I'm for it.

I say all of this as a gun owner. I say it as a conservative who was appointed to the federal bench by a Republican president. I say it as someone who prefers Fox News to MSNBC, and National Review Online to the Daily Kos. I say it as someone who thinks the Supreme Court got it right in District of Columbia vs. Heller, when it held that the 2nd Amendment gives us the right to possess guns for self-defense. (That's why I have mine.) I say it as someone who, generally speaking, is not a big fan of the regulatory state.

I even say it as someone whose feelings about the NRA mirror the left's feelings about Planned Parenthood: It has a useful advocacy function in our deliberative democracy, and much of what it does should not be controversial at all.

And I say it, finally, mindful of the arguments on the other side, at least as I understand them: that a high-capacity magazine is not that different from multiple smaller-capacity magazines; and that if we ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines one day, there's a danger we would ban guns altogether the next, and your life might depend on you having one. [...]

Mourning is important, but so is decisive action.

The question is, will enough conservatives step up like this to make a difference? Will Congress members shake off their ideology long enough to make America safer? Will they show they care more about the lives of their fellow citizens than they do about donations from the NRA?

Please read the entire op-ed here.

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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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Jared Loughner: "Thanks for the freak show. I saw her die in front of me."

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Lee Camp's newest rant matches my own state of mind, which no matter how agitated, will never ever be as wildly out of control as this loon's:

He looked at the judge and blurted out, "Thanks for the freak show. I saw her die in front of me."

U.S. marshals then escorted Loughner from the courtroom.

The judge ruled Jared Lee Loughner incompetent to stand trial.

He will no longer be around to bother us again, whether in prison or a mental institution.

Now it's up to us to get that deranged, murderous maniac out of our thoughts and concentrate on the miraculous recovery of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, one of his many shooting victims.

H/t: JSigwart

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VIDEO- Lawrence O'Donnell slams NRA: "'Merchants of death'... allowed Jared Loughner to take 31 shots"

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Lawrence O'Donnell's "Rewrite" nailed it.

"Murderers' rights" indeed.

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BREAKING: Arizona Gunman's Family Breaks Silence

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Via a Fox email alert:

Family of Jared Loughner releases statement saying they 'don't understand why this happened' but feel sympathy for victims and their families

Via WillAtWork* of the Rachel Maddow Show:

Heavy sigh.  They don't understand why this happened. Neither do the victims' families and friends, or the rest of us.

*Thank you for sharing this, Will.

UPDATE, via an L.A. Times email alert:

Other developments:

The Arizona Legislature has approved emergency legislation to head off picketing by a Topeka, Kan., church at the funeral service for a 9-year-old girl who was killed during Saturday's shooting in Tucson.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is breathing on her own and is moving both arms, both very encouraging signs of recovery, physicians at University Medical Center in Tucson said.

Complete coverage http://www.latimes.com/

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Jared Loughner was a registered independent, didn't vote in 2010 election

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Via Chris Cillizza:

Suspected Tucson gunman Jared Lee Loughner registered as an independent voter in Arizona in the fall of 2006, according to the Pima County Registrar of Voters.

Loughner registered to vote on Sept. 29, 2006, identifying himself as an independent. Records show he voted in the 2006 and 2008 elections but is current listed as "inactive" on the state's voter roles -- meaning that he did not vote in November.

This doesn't mean he was unaffected by right wing hate speech. It could just mean he didn't want to be on the record with an affiliation with either party. Joe Lieberman is "independent", as is Bernie Sanders. One often leans right, the other left.

In all fairness, it also doesn't mean he wanted to massacre a lot of innocent people because he was swayed by all the irresponsible, hostile rhetoric.

Either way, hate mongering isn't helpful and has led others to act violently.  Being an independent nutcase doesn't make you immune to it.

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