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What the Devil won't tell you

Dorm stabbing victim reflects: Guns don't kill but split-second decisions can

In all the years since a fellow student foolishly stabbed me, I have barely thought of it. It's kind of a funny memory. But if a gun had been handy and had I shot and killed him, I guarantee you that I would have thought of it every stinking day.... Read more»1

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Combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords christened

Named for the former congresswoman, a new U.S. Navy combat ship designed to operate in shallow waters was christened Saturday in a ceremony in Mobile, Ala. "In Congress I was proud to support our armed forces. I love the Navy — I even married a sailor," Giffords said. The ship's sponsor is Jill Biden, wife of the U.S. vice president.... Read more»

Nominations due for Gabe Zimmerman Awards

The Center for the Future of Arizona is accepting nominations for the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards, which recognize non-elected public employees and are named in honor of Gabe Zimmerman, who was one of the six people killed on Jan. 8, 2011.... Read more»

Giffords says ‘time is now’ to close gun-sales loophole

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to Washington on Wednesday to urge Congress to have “the courage to do what’s right” and pass a bill that would require background checks for all commercial gun sales.... Read more»

Navy ship named for Giffords nears launch

A U.S. Navy vessel named for former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is nearing its launch date. "Can’t wait to help christen it this summer," the ex-congresswoman said Thursday, posting a photograph of the ship on Facebook. ... Read more»

Jan. 8 memorial design finalists to be displayed Tuesday

The four finalists competing to design a permanent memorial dedicated to the Jan. 8, 2011, shootings will show their work and take feedback on Tuesday night. The January 8th Memorial Foundation reviewed about 60 submissions from architects around the world to narrow the list to four, including one firm from Tucson.... Read more»

Jan. 8: Bells mark 4th anniversary; Obama meets with Giffords

On the anniversary of an assassination attempt that nearly took her life, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, met with President Obama, who was in Phoenix to tout his housing programs. In Tucson, a small group of survivors marked the date at a bell-ringing ceremony at UAMC.... Read more»4

El Dia de los Muertos exhibit honors Jan. 8 victims

The centuries-old Mexican tradition of honoring the Day of the Dead has inspired an exhibit that recalls the spontaneous memorials that sprang up in Tucson after the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting. "El Dia de los Muertos: Remembering January 8th" features a sampling of the offerings left by Tucsonans moved by the shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others.... Read more»

Christina-Taylor Green's mom urges Congress to action on gun violence

Roxanna Green, mother of 9-year-old Jan. 8 shooting victim Christina-Taylor, joined relatives of other victims and survivors of gun violence Tuesday to urge Congress to take action to end gun violence.... Read more»

FBI releases 600+ pages from Jan. 8 investigation

The FBI has released more than 670 pages of documents from the early stages of the investigation into the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting that killed six and wounded 13 others, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Most of the pages have information redacted, and more than 300 pages were held back by federal investigators.... Read more»1

White House honors Pam Simon for work against gun violence

For Pam Simon, gun violence was something that happened to other people – until she was one of 13 wounded in a January 2011 attack on former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that killed six. Simon was honored by the White House for her work since then on gun control. ... Read more»

Barber calls for bipartisan seating at State of the Union

Southern Arizona Democrat Ron Barber joined a bipartisan group urging senators and representatives to cross party lines — at least to sit together at President Obama's Jan. 28 State of the Union address. Barber, along with U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, an Arizona Republican; Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado; and Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, urged colleagues to repeat the aisle-crossing begun in 2011 after the Jan. 8 attack in Tucson.... Read more»

The Onion satirizes mass shooter on anniversary of Jan. 8 attack

There's satire, and then there's satire. The Onion, a website that attempts to elicit equal parts tearful laughter and painful wincing, cooked up a look at the motivations of school shooters Wednesday - timed for the anniversary of the day a mentally ill college dropout gunned down six and wounded 13 in Tucson. "Classmates Admit School Shooter Showed Them, Showed Them All" laid out an all-too-familiar scenario of a disturbed young man gaining attention through mass murder.... Read more»1

Video: Barber leads Congress in moment of silence on Jan. 8

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber led the House in a moment of silence in memory of those killed in the Jan. 8 shooting. Surrounded by Arizona's representatives and senators, Barber spoke of those who were killed, and House Speaker John Boehner ordered members of Congress to stand, quieting the House for about 20 seconds.... Read more»

Video: Flash mob dances 'Overcomer' to mark Jan. 8

A group of about three dozen people danced to celebrate overcoming obstacles and mark the third anniversary of the Jan. 8 shootings as a part of a flash mob Downtown on Wednesday. They danced in unison, to choreography set to the song "Overcomer" by Mandisa.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Jim Tucker: Choices in life after being shot Jan. 8

A victim of the Jan. 8 attack reflects on his choices: "Faith and forgiveness are the result of choices—not the result of feelings or circumstances. God doesn’t waste a hurt. He doesn’t comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters."... Read more»

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