Gabby Giffords: in a tired old world, this is what courage, dignity and grace look like

Posted: January 23, 2012 in Political musings, Popular Culture et al
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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Gabby Giffords in happier times

So nearly killed by an assassin’s bullet, those among us who value legislators that exhibit true visionary potential and leadership will have watched Gabby Giffords’ painstaking recovery with a mixture of fear and compassion.

Fear that she may never fully recover her faculties.

Compassion for her and her family’s struggle.

It is easy – too easy, too common – in today’s cynical world to lump all politicians – indeed, anyone who takes personal responsibility for the improvement of our civil society – together. To accuse them all of being devious, self-seeking, corrupt or incompetent.

Today, instead, we should stop what we are doing and salute this brave woman, regardless of our political views.

Let us hope she recovers enough to resume public service in one form or another. We should also pause and remember the 13 other people who were injured, and most tragically the six who died, including Federal Judge John Roll, who shielded a wounded staffer of Congresswoman Giffords with his own body before being shot in the back.

You can read more about Gabrielle Giffords here:

The equally sad story, in many ways, of her alleged assailant, who is clearly an extremely ill young man, is told here:

  1. I watched Rep. Giffords today as she officially stepped down, I was so proud of her and yet saddened by the toll this has taken on her and all the others. Despite this the US continues to claim the Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms under any and all circumstances trumps citizens right to be safe in their person in public areas.

    We lost a truly concerned and committed legislator at a time we could not afford to do so.

    Thank you for writing this.


    • An incredibly brave woman, and family. You’re welcome.

      What I cannot understand is why Americans think guns make them safer, when the statistics show clearly that they do not. One never hears anyoneon the pro-gun side contest the indisputible fact that American gun ownership directly relates to the incredible level of American gun injuries and deaths (including suicide). (One thing that is never said is that it is much more difficult and laborious to kill oneself with a knife or a rope than it is a gun, and during the contemplation of the act many people relent.)

      I get so tired of hearing people argue “Well, if she’d had a few people there with guns to defend her she might not have got hurt.” What utter nonsense. On that basis, we’d give every country in the world a nuclear weapon or ten, because then no one would ever start a war. Except, of course, some nutter would. Goodnight, world.


      • As a victim of violent crime myself (kidnapped and shot three times) I have a special place in my heart for this issue. I have watched horrified as our nation has expanded the Second Amendment further and further, now we are arguing whether we should allow them in schools.

        I am a purist, believing strongly in our Constitution and its intent. The problem though is interpretation is often left to those with agendas that run contrary to the public good, intellects of carrots and the moral center of serial killers. There is no thought to what it means when an idiot with a bad temper, a gun and to much alcohol walks into a bar for an example.

        Ah well, it is a subject I suspect Americans will always argue about. The intent originally was we would own guns to we could defend our land from invasion as part of a militia. The necessity of gun ownership on the frontier was certainly not to be argued either. Today though, it is simply ignorant.


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