Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:07 AM
Omaha Steve (49,452 posts)
Arizona marks 2 years since Giffords shooting
By BOB CHRISTIE and BRIAN SKOLOFF
PHOENIX (AP) - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head two years ago Tuesday by a mentally ill gunman in a rampage that briefly renewed the debate about gun control in the U.S.
As Arizona and the nation pause to mark the anniversary of the shooting, the gun debate is an even more prominent part of the national political conversation following the mass killing at a Connecticut school.
Giffords and husband Mark Kelly visited Newtown, Conn., last week and called for greater gun control efforts, and they are discussing a new initiative in an interview airing Tuesday on ABC News. Details were not made public, but it's clear from Mark Kelly's comments after recent mass shootings that he and Giffords want to become a prominent voice for gun control efforts.
The network offered a preview of the interview Monday. Kelly described a meeting with a father of a Connecticut victim in which he "just about lost it" after the parent showed him a picture of his child.
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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, center, holds hands with her husband, Mark Kelly, while exiting Town Hall at Fairfield Hills Campus in Newtown, Conn. after meeting with Newtown officials in this Jan. 4, 2013 file photo. Giffords also met with families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre that left 26 people dead. Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013 is the second anniversary of the shooting of Giffords. Tucson will mark the anniversary by ringing bells across the city at the moment that Jared Lee Loughner opened fire at a supermarket where Giffords was meeting with constituents.(AP Photo/The News-Times, Jason Rearick) MANDATORY CREDIT
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