The Week: Most Recent Democratic Party:Gabrielle Giffords Shootings recent posts.en-usThu, 26 Jan 2012 10:07:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Democratic Party:Gabrielle Giffords Shootings from THE WEEKThu, 26 Jan 2012 10:07:00 -0500What's next for Gabrielle Giffords?<img src="" /></P><p>Amid tears and applause from her colleagues, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz) resigned from the House on Wednesday, a year after she was shot in the head during a Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people. After the House unanimously passed the last&nbsp;&nbsp; piece of legislation that she submitted before she was shot&mdash; a bill that would increase prison sentences for smugglers flying drugs in from Mexico on ultralight aircrafts &mdash; Giffords received an emotional standing ovation from her congressional colleagues. "It's clich&eacute; to say there wasn't a dry eye in the room," says...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 26 Jan 2012 10:07:00 -0500Gabrielle Giffords' 'bittersweet' resignation video<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video: </strong>Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) has announced in a moving YouTube video that she will&nbsp;resign her House seat this week so she can focus on recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound to the head. Giffords was one of 19 people shot &mdash; six were killed &mdash; at a constituent meet-up in Tucson last January. "I don't remember much from that horrible day," Giffords says in a halting voice (watch the clip below), "but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice." The widely admired Arizonan, almost certain to win re-election in November had she chosen to run...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 23 Jan 2012 10:29:00 -0500Tucson shootings: One year later, has America learned anything?<img src="" /></P><p>A year after suffering a near-fatal gunshot wound to the head, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) led hundreds of people in the Pledge of Allegiance on Sunday in an emotional ceremony marking the first anniversary of the Tucson shootings. Many participants wept as two 10-year-olds talked about their friend, Christina-Taylor Green, who was one of the six people killed. Some cheered as Giffords' husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, said that the 13 people who survived their injuries proved that "alongside human frailty there is also strength." In the wake of the tragedy, politicians and citizens...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 09 Jan 2012 15:17:00 -0500Gabby Giffords speaks: Her 'brave' first interview<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) has given her first televised interview since being shot through the left side of her brain in January. Sitting alongside her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, Giffords talks to ABC's Diane Sawyer about her long recovery, lack of anger at alleged shooter Jared Loughner, hopes to become a mother, and vague plans to return to Congress when she is "better." (Watch a clip below.) In the interview, which first aired Monday night, the&nbsp;Democratic congresswoman speaks clearly but in halting sentences,&nbsp;using short phrases like "tough as nails," "living...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 15 Nov 2011 10:45:00 -0500Arizona Republicans' 'tone deaf' gun raffle<img src="" /></P><p>Pima County, Ariz., is home to Tucson, where Jared Loughner allegedly used a Glock handgun in January to kill six people and wound 14 others &mdash; including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D). Now, the Pima County Republican Party is causing quite a stir&nbsp;thanks to its&nbsp;late August newsletter, which touts a rather ill-conceived fundraiser: The auction of a Glock handgun. Pima GOP interim chairman Mike Shaw is&nbsp;defending the raffle, noting that Giffords herself owned a Glock, and arguing that Loughner &mdash; and not his gun &mdash; was responsible for the shooting. Still, critics maintain...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 02 Sep 2011 09:29:00 -0400Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' emotional return to Congress<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> The House was in the middle of voting on a bill to end the ugly debt-limit fight on Monday when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) slipped in a side door to cast her first vote since she was shot in the head in January. Giffords voted "yes," afterward saying in a statement that she was "deeply disappointed" with the rancorous partisanship in Washington, and had returned to D.C. to make sure her colleagues didn't "crash our economy." Giffords' surprise appearance earned a bipartisan standing ovation on the House floor, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) welcomed the Arizonan's...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 02 Aug 2011 11:01:00 -0400Gabrielle Giffords' miraculous recovery: A timeline<img src="" /></P><p>In an incident that set off intense national debate, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot in the head by alleged gunman Jared Lee Loughner in Tucson on January 8. The bullet fired at Giffords, 40, tore through the "entire length" of her brain's left hemisphere. Remarkably, the congresswoman not only survived, but continues to make unpredictably swift progress in her rehabilitation, defying fears that she might not speak again. Here, a chronological guide to the major milestones in her recovery:</p><p><strong>January 8</strong><br />After the shooting, Giffords is taken to Tucson's University Medical Center, where Dr...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 16 Jun 2011 11:32:00 -0400The 'vibrant and happy' Gabrielle Giffords photos<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The image:</strong> Early Sunday morning, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' staff posted on Facebook the first clear pictures of the Arizona Democrat since Jared Lee Loughner allegedly shot her in the head in January. (See the photos at right and below.) The two photos were taken May 17, not long after Giffords watched her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, launch into space, and right before doctors replaced a part of her skull they had removed four months ago. Spokesman C.J. Karamargin said the photos were released to satisfy "intense interest" in Giffords' appearance before she leaves the hospital for outpatient...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 13 Jun 2011 10:41:00 -0400Jared Loughner 'mentally unfit' for trial: What happens now?<img src="" /></P><p>A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Jared Loughner is mentally unfit to stand trial for the Jan. 8 Tucson shooting, which killed six people and left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) severely wounded with a bullet to the brain. Mental health experts say Loughner suffers from schizophrenia. So where does the effort to prosecute him go from here? Below, a brief guide to the next steps:<br /><br /><strong>Why can't Loughner face trial right away?</strong><br />Two experts who examined Loughner recommended that Judge Larry A. Burns find him mentally incompetent for a trial. A federal prison psychologist appointed by the prosecution...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 26 May 2011 11:00:00 -0400'Law and Order' takes on the Giffords shooting: Too soon?<img src="" /></P><p>NBC's <em>Law &amp; Order</em> franchise is putting together an episode inspired by January's Tucson shootings, in which six people were killed and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was critically injured. The popular shows always use story lines that are "ripped from the headlines," and NBC stresses that, as always, this episode of <em>Law &amp; Order: L.A.</em> will be a work of fiction, not a depiction of the Arizona shootings. But is it too soon to turn the tragedy into entertainment for TV viewers?<br /><br /><strong>Of course it is. This is ghoulish:</strong> <em>Law &amp; Order: L.A.</em>'s ratings are lousy, says the <em>Arizona Daily Wildcat</em> in...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 27 Apr 2011 12:12:00 -0400Gabrielle Giffords for Senate in 2012?<img src="" /></P><p>Sen. Jon Kyl's (R-Ariz.) announcement that he won't run in 2012 gives the Democrats an unexpected shot at picking up his Arizona Senate seat. And the Democrat to beat, according to several reports, would ideally be Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She reportedly expressed interest&nbsp;in Kyl's seat before she was shot in the head, and "she ought to have the right of first refusal," a loyal Democratic source tells <em>Talking Points Memo</em>. Giffords is making a "miraculous" recovery, but is it at all plausible that she could run for Senate? (Watch a report about the Giffords speculation)</p><p><strong>Giffords would be a...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 11 Feb 2011 10:04:00 -0500Should Gabrielle Giffords' husband cancel his space flight?<img src="" /></P><p>Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, has announced that he will resume training for his scheduled two-week mission in April as commander of the space shuttle <em>Endeavour</em>. Giffords is undergoing what is expected to be a lengthy rehabilitation after being shot in the head last month, but Kelly says his wife would be "very comfortable" with his decision, and he expects her to be at the launch. Kelly suggested that his critics "don't understand" his wife's condition and "don't know what she would want." Is Kelly right, or would he be better off staying by his wife's side...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 08 Feb 2011 17:50:00 -0500The Daily's 'tasteless' Gabrielle Giffords interview<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> Journalists at Rupert Murdoch's new iPad-only newspaper, <em>The Daily</em>, happened to talk on-camera with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) a few weeks before she was shot in Tuscon, and are featuring that "touching" interview in one of its first videos. (View below.) In a tactic that's being called self-promotional, <em>The Daily</em>'s producers combined clips of Giffords extolling her iPad with voice-overs noting that Giffords is still using her iPad to look at pictures as part of her rehab in a Texas hospital.<strong><br />The reaction:</strong> Using Giffords in what amounts to an iPad commercial "comes across as...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 04 Feb 2011 10:47:00 -0500Jared Loughner's separate reality<img src="" /></P><p><strong>What is schizophrenia? </strong><br />It&rsquo;s the most serious and intractable form of mental illness, marked by delusional thinking, hallucinations, and an inability to function in daily life. Schizophrenics often hear internal voices that issue commands or make terrifying statements&mdash;a symptom that inspired the coining, a century ago, of the term &ldquo;schizophrenia,&rdquo; from the Greek for &ldquo;splitting of the mind.&rdquo; Modern psychiatry has identified several forms of schizophrenia, with symptoms ranging from bizarre emotional affect and fragmented and wandering attention to poor self-care...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 28 Jan 2011 10:23:00 -0500Arizona shootings: Should prosecutors seek the death penalty?<img src="" /></P><p>Last week, federal prosecutors formally filed charges against Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged gunman in Tucson's deadly Jan. 8 shooting rampage. So far, however, Loughner has only been charged with the attempted murders of the shooting's <em>survivors</em>, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Before lawyers can formally accuse Loughner of shooting the six victims who died, the United States Attorney's office in Tucson and the Justice Department in Washington must decide whether to ask jurors to impose the death penalty if Loughner is convicted. Is the ultimate penalty clearly warranted in this case, or should...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 24 Jan 2011 11:05:00 -0500Will Gabrielle Giffords ever speak again?<img src="" /></P><p>Although Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot in the brain only two weeks ago, her recovery to date "has been&nbsp;nothing short of miraculous," says&nbsp;<em>ABC News</em>' Bradley Blackburn. The next stage in her healing starts today, when she moves from Tucson's University Medical Center to a rehabilitation center in Houston. Already, she's standing (with help), communicating, and scrolling through an iPad, all of which is&nbsp;"quite inspiring,"&nbsp;says Giffords' husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. (Watch an ITN News report about Giffords' recovery.) But she can't speak &mdash; and may never...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 21 Jan 2011 18:11:00 -0500