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Shooting Survivor, Former Rep. Gabby Giffords Visits Newtown

The former congresswoman and survivor of tragic shooting incident to visit with Newtown families Friday.

NEWTOWN, CT -- Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who survived a life-threatening gunshot wound to the head during an assassination attempt almost two years ago, is rumored to be stopping in Newtown Friday to meet with local officials and families affected by the tragic Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

According to a representative from Gov. Dannel Malloy’s office, local groups in Newtown organized the visit and Giffords is slated to meet privately with the families, as well as Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra.

A spokesman for Lt. Gov. Wyman confirmed that a visit was planned for Friday afternoon “at a private home with some of the families,” however Giffords is not expected to make any public appearances.

Since the attacks in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011, in which 19 people were shot, including Giffords, and six killed, the former Democratic congresswoman retired from politics for a time to focus on her recovery.

Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, who published a book entitled “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope” in November 2011, called for gun control reform in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.

He posted the following words on his Facebook page immediately after hearing the news:

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the entire community of Newtown, CT. I just spoke to Gabby, and she sends her prayers from Tucson.

As we mourn, we must sound a call for our leaders to stand up and do what is right. This time our response must consist of more than regret, sorrow, and condolence. The children of Sandy Hook Elementary School and all victims of gun violence deserve leaders who have the courage to participate in a meaningful discussion about our gun laws — and how they can be reformed and better enforced to prevent gun violence and death in America. This can no longer wait.

Vincent January 06, 2013 at 01:03 PM
I want to stress, There needs to be some level of accountablity on the parts of the families and the medical porfessionals that knowingly allow people with mental disabilities/issues who have mean spirited to violent tendencies to walk among us and live in homes that have guns, especially those that are supposed to be on special medication. I know the law states that they have the right to live freely among us and that it cannot force them to take their medication. We the rest of the population also have the right to walk freely without fear of being attacked. I feel that some new laws based on the laws towards parents in regard to their children's actions. I feel a database can be established accessable only to law enforcement so that people with mental illinesses with violent tendencies must be registered, if they attempt to buy a gun the police get notified. Those needing medication to allow them to function in society should be registerd and kept track of & drug tested, if the proper level of medication is not found in them they are to be home sequestered or hospitilized until medication is administered & a medical examination determins they are fit to return to society. Families and Medical professonals that refuse to regester the people with mental issues of the violent nature should be held accountable for the actions. If they have guns they should be locked up or removed. Guns don't kill People do. Political correctness had also led to some of these problems.
Vincent January 06, 2013 at 02:04 PM
To FJT It took 9 minutes for the police to get to the school. This according to someone who was in the school at the time. This is not a criticism of the police but rather a statement as to how quickly he was able to take lives and devastate this community. According to the Medical examiner, each victim had between and 11 bullet wounds, so I'll let you do the math.
Elddir Nibor January 06, 2013 at 04:24 PM
No-one in that town wants you there Gabby. Go away with the rest of the news seeking hounds. Your job as a lying scum bag congressperson is over. Only a few people care about you so just leave.
FJT January 06, 2013 at 04:34 PM
To AHM: Providing effective security is not rocket science. It's a matter of being willing to pay for it. The know-how and technology exist, or do you think otherwise? So, are parents willing to pay for the effective protection of their children while they're at school? Are they at least willing to pay for significantly improved security? I believe they are when one considers the alternative. The security in some schools fails to account for the time it takes local law enforcement to respond, yet it must if the children and school employees are to be protected.
Tired of idiots January 06, 2013 at 04:36 PM
If this is true it is a disgrace. But I can't seem to find Rep. Debralee Hovey's profile on Facebook, and no proof that she wrote the statement as you claim. Can you provide a link?
Marcus Poulin January 06, 2013 at 05:39 PM
"According to the Medical examiner, each victim had between and 11 bullet wounds, so I'll let you do the math." - Vincent How do you have a mathematical progression between nothing and then suddenly all the way to 11????
Debbie January 06, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Your right Bob!!! Why do they need these type of weapons. As for people killing not guns, I beg to differ because just like using a computer it takes a human to use it... boys with guns are killing the little ones and its time for all to stand up and find a way to at least try to keep them safe . I get having a gun but a aassult weapon that can fire up to God who knows how many shoots in minute... Just like Maria Bob thank you for your service many blessings sent to you and yours..
Vincent January 06, 2013 at 06:05 PM
I guuess you aren't capable of realizing a typo and are just trying to avoid the reason of the statement.
Vincent January 06, 2013 at 06:38 PM
And since we are being petty and small-minded in this discussion of the deaths of 26 innocent people, your use of the word ameliorate in connection with mass shootings is incorrect. And the "math" I was referring to had to do with how quidkly 26 lives were taken. I apologize for not making that abundantly clear.
Marcus Poulin January 06, 2013 at 07:48 PM
It is petty and small-minded of the Democrats to use tragedies like this to advance their ineffectual political ideas. But then in the concept advanced by Rahm Emanuel they are Always utilizing that. If you want to talk about Math let’s discuss that there are over 1500 children lying in their graves in Sarajevo and even more recently 500 children have been killed in Syria. Yet how much do you follow that? And also why are Syrian children less important than American children? What is Obama doing about Syria? Where is the outrage about Obama’s total lack of attention on Syria? You exist in a false patchwork of inane morality and indolent outrage.
Marcus Poulin January 06, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Debbie you cannot tell me what cyclic rates are? And Semiautomatic firearms don't have cyclic rates. So your discussion divulges into hysteria. 45 Shots per minute for an AR-15 is nowhere near the 950 rpm of a fully-automatic M4A1.
Vincent January 06, 2013 at 08:00 PM
And you can make these comments because you know me so well that you know I am a democrat that knows nothing about Syria and considers American children more important than Syrian children. All of this, by the way, has nothing to do with the incident that this article is about.
Clare January 06, 2013 at 08:48 PM
I'm so sick of the "guns don't kill people, people kill people" garbage. If that's the most cogent argument someone can come up with after 20 babies are murdered then the argument is a farce. The obstructions to gun control are nothing new not since Reagan was almost assassinated. An industry and its self-interest groups focused on denial, the propagation of fear, and quasi-religious objections -- I've seen it all before. And the real nut jobs want to make it all Obama's fault which is totally laughable since only in the little minds of the NRA leaders has he ever indicated taking away anybody's guns until Sandy Hook and now he's only talking about assault rifles. But boy, did the NRA make a load of money for the gun manufacturers by spreading that crap since they depend on the money given to them by the gun manufacturers to keep their organization going. If Australia can cut their murder rate down by more than 50% by controlling assault rifles then so can we.
Marcus Poulin January 06, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Good Luck Clare trying to get those little ideas implemented here. We are not Australia. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-154307/Gun-crime-soars-35.html And look at what happened in Great Britain after they totally banned Handguns....
AHM January 06, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Marcus Poulin the world isn't black and white. You have verbally lashed out at everyone that doesn't 100% agree with you. It is okay to occasionally listen without speaking.
AHM January 06, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Tired of idiots, It was on NBC News Friday night. I was able to find it along with her New Years resolution that EH Mom brought to my attention, but they both seem to have disappeared.
AHM January 06, 2013 at 11:16 PM
To FJT, My point is simply that given the size of college and high school campuses it will take a lot of security to keep our children and young adults safe. Instead of constantly disregarding and twisting my comments, take a moment and look at Maryland University's campus map or for that fact any college map. It isn't practical.
Michael January 07, 2013 at 03:50 PM
I'm a republican too and from Newtown. What happened there was horribly tragic, but it wasn't a gun's fault. Lanza had a mental problem, but what's even worse is he had a mother who legally owned firearms but did not keep them locked up properly. NO gun owner should ever leave weapons out for someone else to pick up and use, but especially a mother who knew she had a son with a mental condition! You think banning the assault-style rifle would have changed this?? I got news for you. Lanza could have just as easily killed the same number of people with the two semi-automatic pistols he also had with him. The mother is dead now so she cannot be punished, but those weapons should have had trigger locks and been locked in a gun safe. Maybe then her son would have killed her with a kitchen knife and gone to the school with that or a baseball bat. You can't ban everything because a nut-job used it to kill people.
EH Mom January 12, 2013 at 06:08 AM
AHM.. I had a feeling she would delete her posts Sunday or Monday so took pics of her New Years resolution along with her status posts (some are blurry) on several different nights about sitting in her Monroe hot tub with martini glasses and snow falling around her.. Not a care in the world. She had the audacity to post these on nights right after Christmas when Sandy Hook parents looked at unopened presents and struggled with empty beds where they tucked their children in at night. It is very very sad.
Tom jones January 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM
How helpful was the guard in the California shooting that just happened? He didn't make it to school that day because of the snow, or he could have been having lunch, or in the restroom,etc,etc - What makes you think they will always be available at a moment's notice when "it" hits the fan. I also question the brains behind arming custodians, as one school system is proposing, have these individuasl been screened for pysch health, or at the very least trained in firearm safety??
Thomas Crafts January 12, 2013 at 11:48 AM
All you people who vote for democrats have no right to cry when they come for your guns. Just hand them over and say bahhhhhh.
Tom jones January 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM
I'm concerned where there is headed, janitors with guns?? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/11/armed-janitors-approved-school-shootings_n_2458167.html
Tom jones January 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM
the killing of children by gun violence is not new. It has been a relentlessly unreported and under-reported plague that has snuffed out the lives of 119,079 children and teenagers since 1979. That’s an average of 3,721 child and teen deaths every year for 32 years. That’s 4,763 classrooms of 25 children each. The number of children and teens killed by guns since 1979 is two and a half times greater than the number of U.S. military personnel killed in action in the Vietnam (47,434) or Korean (33,739) Wars, and over 22 times greater than American military personnel killed in the wars in Afghanistan (1,712) and in Iraq (3,518).
Tom jones January 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged.” And we will not pass the test of the God of the prophets or New Testament or all great faiths if we do not protect all of our sacred children against repeated and preventable gun deaths and injuries. Every child has a right to live and to dream and to strive for a future that is not destroyed in a second
Vincent January 12, 2013 at 12:56 PM
I find it repulsive that people like yourself on here and throughout the country are using this dispicable tragedy and others like it to promote your idiological (idiot) political Republican retoric. Nothing but Fear Mongering!!! None of you have any original thoughts, you only spew out what you hear (want to hear). I have known people like yourself that only listen to the news media that says what you want to hear, you refuse to listen to opposing views and educate your selves and maybe develope your own thought. I'm niether Dem. or Republican, I like to think for myself. I beieve doing the right thing takes priority over party line politics. I worked in a government office and have seen the wasteful/wrong doings of both parties, some bording on criminal. Neither party does anything to bring the other to justice, they use each others misgivings as political trade offs and we the people are the benefactors left holding the bag. So get off your Holier then Thou Republican pulpit and try to come out with some constructive thought or just don't speak at all. Like I stated earlier, there needs to be a reinstatement of funding for mental health clinics and new laws to deal with those people that have mental conditions of the violent nature that are allowed to walk among us because they are supposed to be taking medication to level them off. Scroll up to see my eralier comment on this.
AHM January 12, 2013 at 01:00 PM
This article says it all. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2012/12/gun_death_tally_every_american_gun_death_since_newtown_sandy_hook_shooting.html
Tom jones January 12, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Contrary to what the gun industry says, guns do kill people.Guns make violence more deadly Guns make killing easy, efficient, and somewhat impersonal, thereby increasing the lethality of anger and violence .http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/state-data-repository/the-truth-about-guns.pdf.
EH Mom January 12, 2013 at 06:36 PM
I personally am not comfortable with the idea of teachers or custodians with guns in our schools. Just a thought.. I know I'm probably missing something (etc's) so I welcome contributing ideas to the general concept. I realize also budgets are tight or non existant. All play a roll in what is the best answer to school security and safety. So here goes: What would be the cost be of: Below vs. Two State trained ongoing armed security guards (utilizing shifts)? Is a combination of the two a better idea? Initial installment & monitoring, etc vs. Salaries, training, benefits, insurance etc. 1) Buzzer or scan entry systems into 2) Seperate bullet proof foyers prior to building entry 3) Bullet proof glass, wood or steele on all doors, entry ways, & windows 4) Security cameras 5) Staff, parent & student issued security scan cards w manual entry codes. Alot of the above are in banks, business buildings & police departments already. Please, instead of bashing in a mean way, how about we try together to find a solution using suggestions from both points of view.. Provided we don't let our egos get in the way of a better good, I'm sure there is an answer.
Tim January 12, 2013 at 07:03 PM
I would think both would be costly but I think your ideas would be cost prohibitive, plus not effective once someone does their homework and figures out how to get a hold of (steal) a keycard and entry code. It's certainly worth some thought though.
EH Mom January 12, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Thanks Tim. Which would be immediately effective w/ least cost? Bullet proof glass in entryways & windows could have bought time for Sandy Hook Elementary. A security system was there but apparantly not proper glass. What about silent alarm buttons.. Giving as much time as possible for those in jepordy &1st responders to arrive is key. Given that all the laws that would, could be passed regarding guns, ammunition, mental health, media, loopholes, etc. & funding to implement any of these, there are still illegal weapons & ammunition already in existance & lunatics that can slip through, so my thoughts are for immediate "in the mean time" along w/ down the road protection. We've learned the hard way... No one...is immune. Any one of us or our loved ones could be next... anywhere, anytime. We all are now forced to play a role in prevention, safety & protection. Better parental guidance of video games etc. is another important issue we need to address. Parents, myself included, have at one time or another, allowed over use of video games, computers, phones, apps etc. so that children pay less attention to us. Technology has made it easier for kids to "tune out". Family time and outside sports now compete with the latest gadgets and games. For some, shooting hoops outside has taken a back seat to shooting images of humans on a video game inside. Parents must get more involved.

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