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March 13, 2013
Scary to think of people buying guns like these without a background check at a gun show or the Internet. We really need to close the gun show and private seller loop hole.
Former astronaut Mark Kelly • Discussing his recent purchase of an assault rifle, which he posted about on his Facebook page. Kelly, who is married to Gabrielle Giffords and co-founded the gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions with the former congresswoman, was trying to buy the rifle in an effort to better understand the process behind buying a gun. But the effort backfired, with gun rights supporters on the Facebook page calling him a hypocrite or “two faced coward.” In other words, buying assault rifles under the guise of showing the need for gun control isn’t a good idea. And also, gun rights supporters are kind of jerks.
12:35 // 1 year ago
January 30, 2013
briancolligan:

Gabby Giffords’ handwritten speech to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Gun Violence, delivered today. Click through for a source and maybe some solutions. 

Awesome.

briancolligan:

Gabby Giffords’ handwritten speech to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Gun Violence, delivered today. Click through for a source and maybe some solutions. 

Awesome.

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11:18 // 1 year ago
breakingnews:

Gabrielle Giffords to Senate on gun control: ‘You must act’
JUST IN: Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords addressed a U.S. Senate committee hearing on gun control, saying “speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something.”Giffords continued: “It will be hard, but the time is now. You must act. Be bold, be courageous. Americans are counting on you.”Live video and updates on the hearing are available now on BreakingNews.com: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/senate-judiciary-committee-hearing-on-gun-violence-jan-30-2013Photo: NBC News

"Americans are counting on you."

breakingnews:

Gabrielle Giffords to Senate on gun control: ‘You must act’

JUST IN: Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords addressed a U.S. Senate committee hearing on gun control, saying “speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something.”

Giffords continued: “It will be hard, but the time is now. You must act. Be bold, be courageous. Americans are counting on you.”

Live video and updates on the hearing are available now on BreakingNews.com: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/senate-judiciary-committee-hearing-on-gun-violence-jan-30-2013

Photo: NBC News

"Americans are counting on you."

10:31 // 1 year ago
January 8, 2013
11:39 // 1 year ago
August 12, 2012
Gabby goes home: Over a year and a half after the shooting that nearly took her life (and nearly a week after the man who shot her, Jared Loughner, pleaded guilty), Gabrielle Giffords is heading back to Tucson. We wish her luck as she moves on with her life. (ht Andrew Hart)

Gabby goes home: Over a year and a half after the shooting that nearly took her life (and nearly a week after the man who shot her, Jared Loughner, pleaded guilty), Gabrielle Giffords is heading back to Tucson. We wish her luck as she moves on with her life. (ht Andrew Hart)

16:05 // 1 year ago
August 7, 2012
We don’t speak for all of the victims or their families, but Gabby and I are satisfied with this plea agreement….Avoiding a trial will allow us — and we hope the whole Southern Arizona community — to continue with our recovery and move forward with our lives.
Astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords • Confirming that his family supports the plea deal between Jared Lee Loughner and prosecutors that will reportedly see the alleged spend life in prison, but avoid any chance of receiving the death penalty. Loughner was declared mentally fit to stand trial in a hearing on Tuesday, after which he pleaded guilty.  source (viafollow)
16:21 // 1 year ago
June 13, 2012
1:34 // 2 years ago
June 12, 2012
Some of those people used to be her supporters. But now Ron has his own team that’s energized to make sure he gets across the finish line on Tuesday, and Gabby is very excited about that.
Gabrielle Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly • Discussing her meeting with volunteers for her former district office director, Ron Barber, on Sunday. Barber faces a tough election battle to fill Giffords’ former seat tonight. Giffords’ opponent in 2010, former Marine Jesse Kelly, lost by a mere 4,000 votes, and he’s facing Barber. By pure numbers, the Republican may have an easier time reaching victory — there are 26,000 more Republicans registered in the district (in and around Tucson, Arizona), than Democrats. But Barber has the support of Giffords, and that might make all the difference.
10:37 // 2 years ago
February 28, 2012

Gabrielle Giffords weighs strong on special election for her former seat

  • 671 signatures needed for the special election for Giffords’ old seat
  • 7,110 signatures received by Giffords’ former aide, Ron Barber source

» His closest GOP competitor got a fraction of that: Barber, who was encouraged by Giffords to run for the seat, has a major leg up in the April 17 primary for Arizona’s eighth Congressional district. The special election takes place in June. However, while Barber will run uncontested for the primary this time around, Democrats may take him on in the general election in November. A variety of Republicans are running for the seat, which is in a swing district.

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10:42 // 2 years ago
February 10, 2012
reuters:

U.S. President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3801, the “Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012,” while Vice President Joseph Biden (back L), former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (back C) and her husband Mark Kelly look on in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington February 10, 2012.
The bill is the last piece of legislation that Giffords sponsored and voted on before retiring. [REUTERS/Larry Downing]

Your feel-good story of the day, kids.

reuters:

U.S. President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3801, the “Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012,” while Vice President Joseph Biden (back L), former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (back C) and her husband Mark Kelly look on in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington February 10, 2012.

The bill is the last piece of legislation that Giffords sponsored and voted on before retiring. [REUTERS/Larry Downing]

Your feel-good story of the day, kids.

12:52 // 2 years ago