Arizona update: the face of madness, Obamas to AZ, Giffords fighting

The president and first lady will travel to Arizona on Wednesday, causing more than a few Americans to hold their breath. Gabrielle Giffords continues her remarkable fight for life, and incredibly, is experiencing no brain swelling at the moment, which is good news indeed.

Meanwhile, the horror of what happened in Arizona is crystalized in the disturbing mugshot of the alleged shooter, Jared Loughner, whose mental state is sure to become a focal point of his trial.

AZCentral has more on that, including details of the bizarre behavior that Loughner’s classmates saw before the shooting, which unfortunately did not prevent him buying a Glock.

The NYTimes has more on the limitations of the law when it comes to preventing the potentially unstable from arming themselves.

From the Wall Street Journal and the AP, stories about Loughner’s parents, their devastation at the turn of events, and a possible statement.

From Ezra Klein, the two words you haven’t yet heard in the Giffords debate: gun control.

Also at the Wapo: a moving piece about the Kelly twins — both astronauts, and one, the husband of Rep. Giffords.

A CBS News poll finds that most Americans do not think the political climate played a part in the shooting, though of course, there is a partisan split.

Roger Ailes actually tells his Fox News horde to tone it down? Wha? Well, good luck with that.

Well sorry, Roger, guess who’s not gonna change his rhetoric? Gather your bayonets!

The Huffpo has the very different ways Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert handled the tragedy. They’ve also got a wealth of links to AZ-related stories here.

Sarah Palin tries the lamest excuse EVER to try and wriggle out of the frying pan over her now infamous gun sight map.

And Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who is becoming a hero among progressives for his harsh statements about his home state, had some more harsh words for the right in his interview with CBS News’ Katie Couric. These quotes per the Huffpo:

“If you are in law enforcement and you are not a right winger- you will get all kinds of heat from the right wing nuts,” he told Couric.

Later in the interview, he took issue with laws that allow the carrying of concealed or non-concealed weapons at all times.
“That’s the height of insanity,” Dupnik said. “I don’t know what else they can do. Maybe they could pass a law that would require that every child have an Uzi in their crib.”


Also, from The Wrap, how the various news outlets are covering Arizona.

So will the debate in this country get calmer? Signs point to no.

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