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Gabrielle Giffords, Tucson and the gun culture

So why, do legislators respond to numbers such as these and the recent deadly shooting spree in Tucson by encouraging people to buy and carry even more guns? Is this attitude something perverse in the American psyche? Or is it driven by money and power? T

OTTAWA—On Jan. 8, a young man, Jared Lee Loughner, opened fire with a Glock 19 handgun during a political event held in the parking lot of a Tucson, Arizona mall. He killed six people and wounded 14, including Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He shot her in the head. She is being treated for a serious brain injury and is fortunate to be alive. The debate following this tragic event has focused on the "heroes" who attempted to disarm Loughner; on whether he is mentally ill; and whether the increasingly toxic language being used in American political debate might have prompted his actions.

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Gabrielle Giffords, Tucson and the gun culture

So why, do legislators respond to numbers such as these and the recent deadly shooting spree in Tucson by encouraging people to buy and carry even more guns? Is this attitude something perverse in the American psyche? Or is it driven by money and power? T

OTTAWA—On Jan. 8, a young man, Jared Lee Loughner, opened fire with a Glock 19 handgun during a political event held in the parking lot of a Tucson, Arizona mall. He killed six people and wounded 14, including Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He shot her in the head. She is being treated for a serious brain injury and is fortunate to be alive. The debate following this tragic event has focused on the "heroes" who attempted to disarm Loughner; on whether he is mentally ill; and whether the increasingly toxic language being used in American political debate might have prompted his actions.

  

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