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Senate takes up, then blocks, competing gun-control measures

The Senate had the opportunity to act on competing gun-control measures Monday, but proceeded instead to block action on any of the proposals in votes that fell mostly along party lines... Read more»

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Giffords calls for civility in this ‘very negative’ campaign season

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords was back in Washington Thursday with her husband, Mark Kelly, calling for a more civil public discourse during a campaign season filled with what Kelly called “kind of historic poor rhetoric.”... Read more»2

What the Devil won't tell you

Balloon payment: County foray into space as dubious as it is inspired

The idea of Pima County Supervisors rocketing into the space biz provides guffaws that write themselves. However, manned spaceflight has been turned over to the private sector and I'll tell you the folks at the Kennedy Space Center weren't laughing at World View. They were eager to rip World View from Tucson and relocate it on the shores of Cape Canaveral. The county's move to keep the company here has been met with hostility, derision and legal threats. I concur and completely disagree. ... Read more»2

Gun control, immigration central issues at Clinton rally

Former President Bill Clinton used gun control and immigration to get voters to cast a vote for his wife during a Hillary Clinton campaign rally held at Sunnyside High School in Tucson on Sunday afternoon. ... Read more»

Photos: Remembering Jan. 8 — and what followed

For some, the events of Jan. 8, 2011, are seared into their memories. For others, that day and those that follow remain a jumble of images and flashes of emotion. Here are a few photographs that capture the shock we felt upon learning of the shooting of 19 of our friends and neighbors — and the hope and resolve that followed.... Read more»2

Obama tears up during speech on gun violence

Announcing measures to tighten background checks to reduce gun violence Tuesday, President Obama frequently strayed from his prepared remarks as he spoke to a crowd that included Gabrielle Giffords and her ex-intern Daniel Hernandez. "The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage but they do not have to hold America hostage," he said.... Read more»

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»

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»

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

Giffords urges women to lead fight vs. gun violence

Former U. S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords urged women to take up the fight against gun violence Wednesday at a Washington event hosted by her organization Americans for Responsible Solutions. “Dangerous people with guns are a threat to women,” Giffords said carefully. “That makes gun violence a women’s issue. For mothers, for families, for me and you.”... Read more»1

Giffords brings D.C. crowd to its feet with vow she’s ‘getting better’

Gabrielle Giffords was back in Washington to present an award named in her honor to a "rising star" of Democratic politics. Arizona lawmakers at the event called Giffords "without question, our hero." ... Read more»

Giffords, Tucsonans recite Gettysburg Address

A Youtube video posted by filmmaker Ken Burns shows former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and a series of Southern Arizonans reciting the Gettysburg Address, delivered 150 years ago by President Abraham Lincoln.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Mark Kelly: Prayers for victims of DC massacre

From Mark Kelly: "Gabby and I are holding the victims of today's massacre at the Washington Navy Yard in our thoughts and prayers, and we know that nothing will bring solace to the families who lost loved ones."... Read more»

Giffords' gun group to return Midler foundation donation

Donations from nonprofits to Americans for Responsible Solutions — including a $10,000 contribution from Bette Midler's family foundation — will be returned because the donors violated tax laws, the gun-control group founded by Gabrielle Giffords said.... Read more»

Gun lobby's money and power still holds sway over Congress

The power of the gun lobby is rooted in multiple factors, among them the pure passion of many gun owners, the NRA’s ability to motivate its most fervent members to swarm their representatives, and the lobby’s ability to get out the vote. Lawmakers' fear may not be justified, but recent votes reveal that it still exists.... Read more»

Kelly, Giffords vow to continue gun-control fight

A resolute Mark Kelly vowed Thursday that he and wife Gabrielle Giffords, a gun victim and former congresswoman, will campaign even harder for gun control after the Senate refused to expand background checks for gun sales.... Read more»1

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