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What Will It Take to Fight the Gun Lobby?

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Law enforcement officers investigate the crime scene on January 8. Photo by Steve Karp. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the wake of the Tucson massacre, you would have thought we could have a dialogue about extended magazine clips, which were illegal until George Bush let the assault weapons law expire in 2004. There is no reason any non-law enforcement would need such a weapon.

Here we are again, and we can’t even review the “Stand Your Ground” law, which was misapplied by the Sanford Police Department. If the police work under the misconception that the law means you can shoot anyone and claim self-defense and they can’t arrest you, can’t we admit that we have a problem?

What will it take?

There is no tragedy big enough to push back against the NRA. What’s to stop another tragedy like this? What comfort can citizens take when the police misapply the law or have been misled

about its intentions and nuances?

The co-sponsor of the law said that it does not prohibit the police from arresting George Zimmerman, but he derided the notion that it needed to be reviewed.

This law fell down in its writing, passage, and implementation. It is misused and was written poorly to allow such misuse, but we can’t get a review of it.

Of course, there will be the usual screams about the second amendment, as if that were the only right granted to us and as if it were the only sacred amendment.

What about Trayvon Martin, Gabby Giffords, Christina Taylor Green, and many more? What about their rights? Are we going to swallow that the second amendment is so precious that we can’t discuss reviewing a gun law?

It is not so sacred that it should never be weighed against the other rights of citizens. Furthermore, gun rights do not grant the right to be a vigilante. No one has that right; and to argue so is to stand against the rule of law.

If someone is against the rule of law, they can hardly take honest refuge in the second amendment.

Via Politicus USA.

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Giffords Resigns from Congress

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Representative Gabrielle Giffords resigned from Congress today in a House session during which an anti-drug smuggling bill that she championed passed by a 408-0 margin.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz read Rep. Giffords’s resignation letter on the House floor. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called her “an inspiring symbol of inspiration and courage to millions of Americans.”

Rep. Giffords was shot in the head on January 8, 2011, during a rampage that killed six people during an event in Tucson. She still is recovering from her injuries.

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Book Stores Doing Well, Despite Fear of E-Book Takeover

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Christmas shopping has yielded strong sales for bookstores, which report that they have been lifted by a vibrant selection; customers undeterred by pricier titles; and business from people who used to shop at Borders, a chain that went out of business this year.

Barnes & Noble (B&N), the nation’s largest bookstore chain, said that sales this Thanksgiving weekend increased 10.9% from that period last year. The American Booksellers Association, a trade group for independents, said last week that members saw a sales jump of 16% in the week including Thanksgiving.

Analysts are predicting enormous sales for e-readers and tablets from B&N and Amazon in the coming weeks (despite mixed reviews of Amazon’s new color tablet), a factor that has many concerned about the future of retail stores. The closing of Borders, the second-largest book chain in the country, is expected to hurt publishers’ overall sales numbers.

Nevertheless, booksellers and publishers said they were still hoping that there would be a healthy enough interest in print books that the two formats could coexist.

They have watched the performance of books this holiday season, which has not produced a surprise hit like last year’s Autobiography of Mark Twain, the best seller that was rushed back to press six times by mid-November.

There has been a rich selection of nonfiction this year.

Popular biographies include Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson; the acclaimed Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie; and Spencer Tracy by James Curtis; as well as memoirs from Diane Keaton, Regis Philbin and Gabrielle Giffords.

Books by media pundits like Chris Matthews, Bill O’Reilly, and Glenn Beck have pushed to the top five on the New York Times nonfiction hardcover best-seller list.

Via The New York Times.

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Giffords’ Husband Blasts Boehner for Not Visiting

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Representative Gabrielle Giffords‘s husband slams House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in the couple’s joint memoir for not visiting his wife after she was shot early this year.

“Considering that she was a member of Congress and he was the highest-ranking member, we thought he’d ask to visit Gabby or at least give a call to see how she was doing,” writes Mark Kelly, as first reported by The Hill. “Our only contact with him had been a simple get-well card he’d sent a few days after Gabby was injured.”

In fact, Speaker Boehner would not have had to travel far to visit Rep. Giffords. While she was in rehabilitation in Houston, the Speaker visited the city to watch a basketball game. Foul, Mr. Speaker!

Capt. Kelly suggests there was tension between his wife and Speaker Boehner in the lead-up to her heated 2010 re-election bid. When the couple spotted Speaker Boehner at a D.C restaurant, a smiling Rep. Giffords approached Rep. Boehner and said, “You stay out my district. OK. Remember. Stay out of my district,” Capt. Kelly recounts in the book.

The Arizona lawmaker, according to Capt. Kelly, “was trying to be funny but she was also giving him notice,” noting Rep. Boehner looked “uncomfortable.”

Rep. Boehner’s spokesman, Michael Steel, told the Daily News that “The Speaker and his staff have been in close contact with Rep. Giffords’ staff throughout this difficult ordeal, and the Speaker met with Mr. Kelly in recent weeks about an appropriate memorial for [Giffords’s] slain staffer Gabe Zimmerman in the Capitol.”

Rep. Giffords was shot in January by Jared Loughner, who opened fire on her with a Glock 19 outside an event in Tucson. The spree left six dead and thirteen injured.

The lawmaker gave her first television interview to ABC on Monday, in which she spoke in clear, brief sentences. Giffords said she would return to Congress if she got better.

The couple’s book, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, was released Tuesday.

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Gabrielle Giffords Attends Husband’s Retirement Party

In a rare public appearance on Thursday, Representative Gabrielle Giffords attended an event to mark the retirement of her husband Mark Kelly. She pinned a medal on Kelly’s jacket and, while she didn’t make a statement, offered plenty of smiles.

Of Rep. Giffords and her astronaut husband, Vice President Joe Biden offered the following:

It’s not every day you encounter examples of sheer, sheer courage and selflessness and dedication like you see in this couple.

In his remarks to the audience, Kelly said of his wife, “Gabby, you remind me every day to deny the acceptance of failure. I look forward to the next phase of our life together and watching all of your future achievements.”

The next phase includes plans to release a memoir together next month.

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Gabby Giffords Now Knows Who Was Killed in January Attack

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Representative Gabrielle Giffords was made aware last month of who was killed during the January 8 shooting rampage that left her wounded.

The dead included Rep. Giffords’s aid, Gabe Zimmerman; a Federal District Court judge, John Roll; and Christina Green, who was nine.  Six people were killed, and thirteen total were wounded in the attack.

The man charged in the attack, Jared L. Loughner, is in a prison in Missouri, after being determined incompetent to stand trial on forty-nine charges.

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Six Dead, At Least 12 Others Shot in Tucson

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Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and at least seventeen others were shot Saturday morning at a supermarket where Rep. Giffords was holding a “Congress on Your Corner” meeting with constituents. The event was Rep. Giffords’ first meeting with constituents since she was sworn in for her third term in the House.

Rep. Giffords was shot at close range in the head, but “is able to communicate” with doctors, although she is not able to speak. Her doctor stated that he is “very optimistic” about her recovery.

Six shooting victims died. The victims are John M. Roll, the chief judge for the U.S. District Court for Arizona; Gabriel Zimmerman, Gifford’s director of community outreach; Christina Green, a nine-year-old in the crowd; Dorothy Morris and Dorwin Stoddard, both seventy-six; and Phyllis Schneck, seventy-nine.

The suspect, Jared Lee Loughner is in custody. Loughner attempted to flee the scene but was tackled to the ground by a bystander after he fired “at least 20 rounds.” He has invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and refuses to cooperate with authorities. Authorities also entered the Loughner family house about five miles from the scene looking for a possible accomplice.

As a result of the shootings, House Republicans have postponed all legislation scheduled to be considered this week.

Rep. Giffords has been an outspoken critic of Arizona’s immigration law and voted in favor of the health care bill. Both Giffords and Judge Roll, who has been involved in immigration cases, had received threats in the past.

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