When Mark Barden walked his
7-year-old son Dan to the school bus Dec. 14, it would be the last time he saw his child alive. Later that day at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Dan was among the 20 first-graders who were fatally shot in one of the nation’s most gruesome school massacres.
Thursday marked the three-month anniversary of the shooting that has sparked a nationwide debate about gun safety. And Barden and his wife, Jackie, along with other parents who lost children that day, came to San Francisco to launch an initiative that aims to stop gun violence and improve mental health research through technological innovation.
The signals are strong. One year after being shot in the head, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is on a mission to return to the job she so clearly loved. Read More
Among the most heartwarming events seen in many years on the floor of the House of Representatives came last week when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., made an unexpected return to cast her first vote since being shot in the head in January. House members broke out in sustained and loud cheers, surrounded Giffords with unalloyed affection and displayed a deeply felt bipartisan joy in her amazing recovery. Read More
I’m warming to the idea of a pundit’s Brady Bill. Some political commentators could use a (voluntary) “cooling off” period before they start using mass murder to score partisan points.
That could have saved Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post’s neoconservative blogger, some embarrassment over the weekend.
On Friday, before much was known about the horrific car bombing and mass shooting in Norway, she used the tragedy to argue against modest cuts to the Pentagon’s budget. Read More
A federal appeals court in San Francisco has upheld a $78,000 verdict against an Arizona rancher in a case presided over by a federal judge who was killed in a mass shooting in Tucson in January.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury’s conclusion that rancher Roger Barnett must pay $78,000 in damages to four female undocumented immigrants who claimed he assaulted them and caused severe emotional distress when he allegedly threatened them with a gun. Read More
A Rush Limbaugh fan faxed death threats to state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, on Wednesday morning, according to his spokesman.The threats came more than a week after Yee asked Limbaugh for an apology for “mocking the Chinese language” and the country’s president on his popular conservative radio program, Yee spokesman Adam Keigwin said. Read More
President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday comes at a critical moment in his presidency, with many Americans doubting his ability to mend the economy as he prepares to start his re-election bid. Obama also faces a delicate epoch in American politics, with voters sick of corrosive partisan bickering and lawmakers choosing their fights and words carefully after the recent mass carnage in Tucson. Read More
She inspired the nation with her fairy-tale recovery. Now Rep. Gabrielle Giffords must inspire herself through the ordeal of rehabilitation, and doctors say it's likely to be the hardest work she'll ever do.
Just a couple of decades ago, rehab was little more than physical therapy for shuffling stroke victims and wheelchair-bound quadriplegics, a last resort after doctors had done all they could. Read More
Gabrielle Giffords on Thursday felt the sunshine on her face for the first time since the shooting, as doctors prepared her to leave behind the Arizona hospital where she dazzled them with her rapid recovery.Her next stop will be a Houston rehab center, where she will face an even more arduous task: Getting life back to normal.Her husband said he's hoping she'll make a full recovery, calling her "a fighter like nobody else that I know." Read More
So someone at the Palm Beach Post decided that this was actually a story. It seems that parents of the doctor working on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. -- are Tea Partiers!: Read More