Gabrielle Giffords received a Profile in Courage award this weekend at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. The award is fitting, though she is displaying a different kind of courage than was celebrated by the late president in his 1957 best-selling book.
Washington is still capable of surprise. After two conservative, gun-owning senators from states with a strong gun culture couldn’t move modest gun-safety legislation through the Senate, something unusual happened: Their proposal didn’t die.
Gabrielle Giffords, the former Democratic congresswoman from Tucson, Arizona, who was shot in the head at a 2011 constituent event, returned to the Safeway Inc. store where she was wounded and urged lawmakers to “be courageous” and “support background checks.”
The only vote so far in this Congress on gun restrictions would impose tougher penalties for firearms trafficking, a measure that wouldn’t have prevented the Dec. 14 shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.
Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords said “the time is now” for Congress to take action on guns as shooting victims, lawmakers and gun-rights advocates came face-to-face for the first time since the Dec. 14 killings in Newtown, Connecticut.
Steve and Amber Mostyn, wealthy Texas trial attorneys, said today that they are giving $1 million to help start the gun-control advocacy group formed by former Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.
Jefferson County , Alabama, already on the brink of bankruptcy, faces another emergency after a tornado ripped through the state’s most populous county, destroying 1,000 homes and killing at least 30 people.
Jared Lee Loughner was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to killing six people and attempting to assassinate U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords at a constituent gathering last year in Tucson, Arizona.