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Giffords Returns To Shooting Scene

U.S Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recites the “Pledge of Allegiance” alongside her husband Mark Kelly, right, at the start of a vigil at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., on Sunday. The day marks the one year anniversary of the shootings at the Safeway in Tucson. (AP Photo/The Republic, David Wallace)

Question: Should Rep. Giffords seek re-election?

Gabby Giffords Appears On 20/20

Like millions of others who watched Diane Sawyer interview Gabrielle Giffords on 20/20 last night, I was struck by just how painstaking the journey is during recovery from a traumatic brain injury. From my previous reporting, I knew that it involved eight hours a day of intense physical and speech therapy, but until I saw it in action, I had no idea what patients go through. Giffords, a Congresswoman, was shot at a constituent event in Tucson, but thousands of servicemen and women are going through the same rehabilitation process after getting wounded by gunfire or a hidden land mine. Thousands more Americans have brain injuries from car accidents or getting hit too hard from a football game/Deborah Kotz, Boston Globe. More here. (ABC photo: U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly are interviewed by Diane Sawyer on ABC's 20/20)

Question: Are you inspired or deeply saddened by Gabrille Giffords struggle to recover from her violent attack?

Arizona Solons OK Guns On Campus

Two days after the Jan. 8 Tucson shootings, as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords lay in a medically induced coma, Arizona's House of Representatives introduced the session's very first piece of legislation: a bill allowing college professors to carry concealed weapons on campus. A similar bill, SB 1467, which would allow anyone to carry a gun on the sidewalks and roads of public universities, sailed through the House last Thursday, despite the fact that the majority of Arizonans oppose sending guns to college. “The legislature is being very extreme on gun issues, and it couldn't be more opposite to what the public wants,” said Hildy Saizow, President of Arizonans for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group/Laura Gottesdiener, Huffington Post. More here. (Wikipedia photo)

Question: Is it just me, or does the Arizona Legislature seem to mimic Idaho's in that the legislators put ideology ahead of the public good?

Giffords Leaves Hospital For Rehab

The ambulance carrying Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., leaves University Medical Center behind a police escort in Tucson, Ariz., this morning. Giffords is being moved Houston for further rehabilitation. It's the first time Giffords left the Tucson hospital since she was brought there with a gunshot wound to the head. Story here. (AP Photo/Greg Bryan, Pool)

Reaction?

Obama: Quit Pointing Fingers

“But what we can't do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another.  As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility.  Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together”— President Barack Obama//Now Public. More here.

Question: Were you inspired by President Obama's speech last night in Tucson?

Giffords Breathing On Her Own

Fans pause during a moment of silence for Rep. Gabrielle Gifford, D-Ariz., and the victims of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., before the BCS National Championship NCAA college football game at the University of Phoenix Stadium between Auburn and Oregon, Monday, in Glendale, Ariz. Today, doctors report that the congresswoman is breathing on her own. Story here. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Fisherman: Deal w/Underlying Issue

Old Fisherman (re: weekend thread about attack on Congresswoman Giffords & others): After spending time to read through this long thread, it's refreshing to see a precious few of you are trying to make sense out of this and undersand what happened. Some of you pay respects to all those injured or dead, and their families. A few of you have hit the nail on the head regarding mental health. We as a Nation have failed miserably to provide for our citizens that have mental health issues, and yes, gov't cuts that funding first when the shoe pinches. That has to be corrected. Then our own state puts mental health on the block along with education. If someone were able to look back over the past 5 years at shootings, the numbers would be chilling. The reasons are pretty much the same. I am not saying if the alleged shooter had access to mental health this would not have happened, but it's worth thinking about.

Question: Would better funding for mental health services in this country help defuse murderous assaults like the one over the weekend in Tucson, Ariz.?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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