Remembering the Victims of the Tucson Shooting
This past Sunday was the anniversary of the Tucson, Arizona, shooting. One year ago, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D- AZ) was meeting with her constituents in a supermarket parking lot in Tucson when a mentally disturbed 22-year-old man named Jared Lee Loughner opened fire with a legally purchased automatic weapon.
Using the kind of high-capacity ammunition clip that would have been difficult to purchase if the assault weapons ban were still in effect, Loughner shot Rep. Gifford in the head at point-blank range, almost killing her and leaving her with a severe brain injury. The shooting also wounded 12 other people and killed six people, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.
These are the names of those who died – may they not be forgotten:
- Christina-Taylor Green, 9 years old.
- Dorothy “Dot” Morris, 76 years old. Survived by her husband George, who was wounded.
- Dorwan Stoddard, 76 years old. Survived by his wife, Mavy, who was wounded.
- Rep. Giffords’ Director of Community Outreach Gabriel “Gabe” Zimmerman, 30 years old.
- U.S. District Judge John Roll, 63 years old.
- Phyllis Schneck, 79 years old.
Photo courtesy of The Washington Post