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Tucson Shooting

What Obama Should Have Said in Tucson but Lacked the Courage to

Niall O'Dowd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Niall O'Dowd

If we hire a gardener or nanny we make background checks. If we hire a new employee we seek references. The act of buying a gun, a lethal weapon, should not be open to any less scrutiny.

Don't Reward Mass Murderers With Mass Publicity

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harold Pollack

There are many ways to grace the cover of Time. You can found Microsoft. You can win the Nobel Prize. Or you can kill or wound nineteen people, including a judge, a congresswoman, and a nine-year-old child.

The Problem With Asking Who's To Blame

Terry Newell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Terry Newell

The question of responsibility can quickly lead to invective instead of insight. That has already begun in the typical attempt to fix blame. But blame is not the same as responsibility.

Brain Expert: Turn off the TV and Let Giffords Sleep

Cassandra M. Bellantoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cassandra M. Bellantoni

Friends and family must set aside their ideas of who Gabrielle Giffords was and "embrace the person she will become now."

Joy Comes In The Morning (And So Should Sensible Gun Control)

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

More Americans have died by gun fire in our own country than American servicemen and women were killed in all our wars of the 20th century.

Christina Taylor Green's Organs Help Save Child

The Arizona Republic | Jaimee Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Christina-Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl killed in Saturday's shootings in Tucson, donated her organs....

Christina Taylor Green -- A Virgin Presence, With Expectations

Susan J. Cobb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Susan J. Cobb

In her physical absence, what 9-year-old Christina symbolizes is a powerful spiritual presence.

Aftermath of the Arizona Tragedy: How Can America Dodge the Next Bullet?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
David Henry Sterry

To evolve as a nation, as a species, we need to change the basic way we think about guns and violence.

Sarah Palin Jumps the Shark

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zaki Hasan

To say I was shocked or surprised by Palin's smarmy, self-serving video responding to the tragic events in Tucson last weekend would be to imply that the former governor is still capable of doing anything that can shock or surprise me.

Jared Loughner's Diagnosis

Jeff Kass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jeff Kass

I thought there would be a range of opinions -- but one mental illness seems to be the most common diagnosis for Loughner.

Jared Loughner Is Not a Monster

Pablo Andreu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pablo Andreu

As a society, we owe it to ourselves to learn from Jared Loughner and to listen to other Jared Loughners that, as I write, are screaming for attention.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the National Conversation

Dori J. Maynard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dori J. Maynard

As journalists, we have a responsibility to help moderate this national dialogue. What we haven't had is the inclination to do so.

Healing In Tucson

Marlene H. Phillips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marlene H. Phillips

The residents of Tucson Arizona watched the memorial service held on the University of Arizona campus in honor of those killed and wounded in the mass shooting of January 8th. Over 23,000 of us sat in the McKale Memorial Center or in Memorial Stadium next door and shared our grief with our neighbors.

On Guns: Tucson Shows Two Visions of America

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Those who own guns and those who do not, to a surprising degree, have the same vision for America. After Tucson, is it too much to ask for a modicum of courage from Congress, and the President, to make that vision a reality?

Guns Culturally Separate Alaskans From Rest of U.S.

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

One thing most Alaskans know is that guns are tools. Many in the 49th state still live close to the land. They use guns to feed themselves by killing ...

Jason Linkins

Lawmakers And The Crazy Laws They Want To Pass In The Wake Of Tucson Tragedy | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It may, and probably should, come to pass that the events of the past week will result in a thoughtful examination of the incident, leading to the patient and methodical crafting of sensible policy that might help to prevent such incidents in the future. And it might be a difficult road to tread -- sometimes there's just nothing you can do to fix something, no matter how hard you want to. But a slow and thoughtful process that goes nowhere is infinitely preferable to rushing to pass the first crazy law that you barfed out of your brainpan while stewing in a broth of worry, adrenaline, and panic.

After Tucson

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Too much too soon, too sad, too quickly. The news out of Tucson is only days old, but already it seems as if we've known the place, known the major ...

Two Tragically Lost Children: Christina Taylor Green and Her Killer

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Noel Irwin Hentschel

Christina Taylor Green's activism and passionate concern for her country is something we can all embrace to help save other lives from being lost. The critical condition of mental health care is the "real" elephant in our shared house.

Are We Becoming An Uncivil Society?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

America prides itself on its uncivil liberties as well as its civil ones. The fabled melting pot was always a boiling cauldron of differences. We've l...

The Art Lessons of Tucson

Bill Lasarow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Bill Lasarow

The nature of art draws even the most diverse creative people into shared orbits all the time. The patchwork is rough, but so is that of America itself.

Six Americans

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells


In A Tucson State Of Mind

Rabbi Jennifer Krause | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jennifer Krause

I am a native Tucsonan. But when the University of Arizona's McKale Center became a sanctuary Wednesday night, it was a sacred space for the entire country.

Weekly Diaspora: Tucson Shooting Reshapes Explosive Immigration Debate

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger The Tucson shooting that left Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) critically wounded and 6 oth...

Arizona Shooting Means We Have Reached the Limits of the "Normal"

Roberto Lovato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roberto Lovato

To many of us in the Latino community, the "deranged lone gunmen" on the desert fringe can sometimes bear more than a passing resemblance to the God-fearing, gun-wielding patriot filling our cities and suburbs.

Tucson: Is Talk Media Off the Hook?

Tom Athans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Athans

Free speech is an American right and should never be censored. But maybe Americans would be better served by a more moderate national dialogue that promotes conciliation over confrontation. Words matter.