November 8, 2012 |
Almost two years after Jared Lee Loughner shot former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head, she faced him at his sentencing Thursday in a Tuscon federal courtroom. She didn't speak. But her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke for her. "Her life has been forever changed," Kelly said to Loughner, according to the Associated Press. "Plans she had for our family and her career have been immeasurably altered. Every day is a continuous struggle to do those things she once was so good at.” PHOTOS: The Jared Lee Loughner case After court-orderd psychiatric treatment for schizophrenia, Loughner pleaded guilty to 19 federal charges in the January 2011 shooting rampage that killed six and injured 13. The plea deal spared victims a painful trial.
June 11, 2012 |
Democrats and Republicans nationwide will be closely watching Tuesday's runoff election to decide who will finish the term of injured Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords -- a seat that is crucial for the Democrats' campaign to regain control of the House in November. The runoff in Arizona's politically moderate 8th District follows a shooting rampage in January 2011 outside a Tucson grocery store that gravely wounded Giffords and killed six people, including a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge, and wounded 11 others.
April 25, 2011 |
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords plans to attend the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour Friday -- a reentry into the public sphere that will likely kick off a fresh round of speculation about the Arizona Democrat's political future. Giffords now can speak in short sentences—longer ones frustrate her—and writes left-handed, according to a new report on the progress she has made since she was grievously wounded by a gunman in January. An article in the Arizona Republic says that the although brain-injured congresswoman remains in a wheelchair, she can stand on her own and is slowly relearning to walk.
February 15, 2011 |
Rep. Jeff Flake made it official this week. Four days after Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona said he would not stand for reelection in 2012, the six-term GOP congressman from suburban Phoenix said he'd launch a bid to replace him. But much of the speculation concerning the seat, such as it can exist 18 months before an election, continues to swirl around Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. A few short weeks ago, it was unimaginable that anyone could tie Giffords' name to a 2012 Senate campaign, but the wounded congresswoman, shot in Tucson on Jan. 8, is reportedly making so much progress that the prospect sounds plausible, if not, as of yet, very realistic.
August 2, 2011 |
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) returned to Congress in dramatic fashion for the first time since she was shot in the head in January, appearing almost unannounced in the midst of voting on one of the most contentious issues of the year. The House erupted in a bipartisan standing ovation as she entered. The congresswoman, 41, who has been out of the public eye and hospitalized much of the year, stood unaided to recognize the thunderous applause. Wearing cropped brown hair, a turquoise jacket and her distinctive smile, Giffords embraced a stream of colleagues who flocked to her. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz (D-Fla.)
April 28, 2011 |
Days before Friday's planned launch of space shuttle Endeavour, officials at Kennedy Space Center in Florida are bracing for monster crowds and the logistical nightmares expected to accompany a presidential visit to watch the second-to-last flight of the shuttle fleet. Chief among their concerns — other than a safe flight — is the arrival of President Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their daughters Malia and Sasha. The Obamas are expected to be joined by wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)
November 8, 2012 |
Mark E. Kelly stared at the young man who, nearly two years ago, brought a gun to a Tucson plaza and shot Kelly's wife in the head and killed six other people. The attack left Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman, partially blind, unable to use her right arm and struggling to piece together sentences, Kelly told a federal judge Thursday during the gunman's sentencing. Jared Lee Loughner also wounded a dozen more outside a grocery store where Giffords had been shaking hands with constituents.
March 27, 2013 |
TUCSON - In hindsight, the red flags seem to be everywhere. By the time Jared Lee Loughner shot and killed six people, wounding 13 - including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords - his parents had already taken away his shotgun, tested him for drugs and forbade him from using the family vehicle after dusk. Months earlier, officials at his community college had refused to allow him to return to campus until he passed a mental evaluation. Hours before he went on a shooting rampage, a Wal-Mart clerk had declined to sell him ammunition.
January 8, 2011 |
Gabrielle Giffords is a politician; her Navy captain husband is an astronaut. It was his occupation that was supposed to be dangerous. But Giffords, the moderate, three-term Democratic congresswoman who survived a bullet's trajectory through her head, has already had brushes with danger on the job. Last March, after the House approved healthcare reform with her support, someone shot or kicked out a glass door in her Tucson office. During a town hall meeting with constituents in 2009 at the height of the healthcare debate, a protester showed up with a gun. Police were called, but Giffords made light of the incident.