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Tag: Gabrielle Giffords


Award for most jaw-dropping TV segue goes to ABC

It’s awards season, so I’d like to give out a trophy of my own – to ABC for absolutely the most jaw-dropping, tasteless juxtaposition of ads.

Since I’m a Click Network customer, I had DVRed one of the ABC shows that airs Tuesday night. Last night, I was watching the show and, because DVR mode for ABC doesn’t allow fast-forwarding through the ads, I had to watch them.

First was an ad for the new Sylvester Stallone movie, the hyper-violent “A Bullet to the Head,” complete with lots of people getting shot. The ad was immediately followed by a promo

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A targeted – not shotgun – approach to gun reforms

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Sensible restrictions on firearms won’t happen if absolutists – whether pro- or anti-gun – hijack the debate. Someone like Gabrielle Giffords might be what the cause needs.

The former congresswoman and her husband, Mark Kelly, announced a campaign Tuesday to balance the political influence of National Rifle Association, whose current leadership dogmatically opposes almost any measure that threatens the interests of gun manufacturers.

Giffords brings two crucial credentials to this argument: She’s a gun-owning supporter of the Second Amendment – and a survivor of a nearly fatal shooting. They noted Tuesday that they have two guns – locked safely at home – and say they aren’t interested in taking firearms away from responsible gun owners. Read more »


What we know about Jared Loughner: Not much

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Sometimes a deranged gunman is just a deranged gunman.

At this point, no one has a clue as to why a 22-year-old misfit with a Glock opened fire on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and a crowd of others in Tucson, killing six and nearly killing her.

We won’t have a clue until Jared Lee Loughner himself starts talking, and maybe not even then, given the odd workings of his disordered mind.

Was he triggered by the general “vitriol” in the air? Arizona’s bitter disputes over illegal immigration? The fact that Sarah Palin talked about reloading instead of retreating and once drew a cross-hairs on Giffords’ district during the last election?

Not a shred of evidence for any of that so far. You’d think the chattering classes would observe a decent interval after Saturday’s massacre
before turning it into political ammunition.
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