April 9th, 2013
04:00 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Giffords improves, but she'll never be the same

Editor's note: See more of Dana Bash's interview with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight.

What is most shocking about Gabby Giffords now is how much she looks like her old self. Her golden locks are back, so is the sparkle in her eyes and her broad smile. Gone is the short hair and thin frame we saw at the beginning of her recovery.

Yet she knows she will never be the same.

"Stronger. Stronger, better, tougher. Stronger, better, tougher." That's how Giffords describes herself.

The former Arizona congresswoman makes that declaration with determination and gusto. But it still takes a considerable amount of energy and concentration to articulate that, or anything else.


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Filed under: Gun Control • Guns
April 8th, 2013
09:42 PM ET

Will the gun law deal be effective?

Charles Blow and Ross Douthat discuss the political strategy playing out in the gun control debate and the status of a proposed bill.

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Filed under: Gun Control • Guns • Raw Politics
April 8th, 2013
09:39 PM ET

Gabby Giffords appreciates guns

Programming note: See more of Dana Bash's interview with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET Tuesday night.

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, tell CNN's Dana Bash that they continue to own guns for recreation. Giffords was severely wounded during a 2011 shooting rampage that injured 12 others and killed six in Tucson.

For target practice, Kelly uses the same type of gun Giffords was shot with, a 9mm Glock, but with a magazine that can hold 17 rounds. The Tucson shooter had a magazine that held 33 rounds.

They believe they have credibility in the gun control debate because they are long-time gun owners who support Second Amendment rights. The couple is campaigning for stricter gun laws, including universal background checks, to prevent guns from getting in to the wrong hands.

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April 1st, 2013
11:19 PM ET

Plan to hand out shotguns stirs debate

Former Tucson, Arizona, mayoral candidate Shaun McClusky is leading a campaign to make shotguns available to needy and willing residents as a way of reducing crime in three troubled neighborhoods. Miguel Marquez spoke with McClusky and others in the city about the Armed Citizen Project and found a mixed response.

McClusky says the idea is not just to arm and train, but also to warn lawbreakers that residents are protecting themselves with the weapons. "By flyering the entire neighborhood and making the entire neighborhood aware that this program is coming to your neighborhood, the criminal elements are bound to see the flyer and say now what? Which house has a gun? Which house doesn't have a gun?"

Read more about the program to hand out free shotguns

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Filed under: Gun Control • Guns
April 1st, 2013
11:08 PM ET

Mark Kelly reacts to free gun program

A program designed to arm residents who live in dangerous communities is now operating in Tucson, Arizona. Gabby Gifford's husband, Mark Kelly, calls it "a distraction from the debate."

Kelly, whose wife was shot in a 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson, compares the plan to the NRA's proposal of arming teachers and putting more guns in schools to make them safer.

He's against the idea and is pushing for universal background checks as part of the solution to lowering gun violence in the country.


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Tonight on AC360: Free shotguns for AZ residents
April 1st, 2013
06:09 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Free shotguns for AZ residents

Will more guns reduce violence and make dangerous communities safer? Former Tucson, Arizona, mayoral candidate Shaun McClusky says arming citizens is the answer. He wants to hand out free shotguns to residents living in three Tucson neighborhoods plagued with high crime.

The national campaign that started in Houston, Texas, is meant to empower, but the concept is controversial. Hear from McClusky tonight, and a local councilman who's opposed to the initiative.

The plan includes advertising which areas are participating in the program, while keeping the specific homes with shotguns confidential. The intention is to keep criminals guessing which families are protecting themselves with firearms.

The Armed Citizen Project will give shotguns to residents who simply ask for them, provided those interested pass background checks and complete a day of training. The non-profit purchases guns with donations - McClusky says he has raised about $12,000 so far.


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Filed under: Gun Control • Guns • Miguel Marquez
March 28th, 2013
10:28 PM ET

Gun law politics and the Newtown massacre

Gun control advocates are seizing on newly released documents showing the Sandy Hook shooter had a full-fledged arsenal in his home. What do the new revelations mean for the push for stricter gun laws? Anderson talks with Democratic Strategist Cornell Belcher and The Washington Times’ Emily Miller.

Filed under: Connecticut School Shooting • Gun Control • Guns
March 21st, 2013
10:55 PM ET

Newtown victim's parents fight for change

Grace McDonnell's mom and dad want people to understand their pain and loss so they'll take action on gun legislation. Their 7-year-old daughter was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Lynn and Chris McDonnell met with Vice President Biden and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today. Anderson Cooper spoke with them about their efforts to prevent another massacre.

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February 1st, 2013
02:10 AM ET

NRA: Background checks don't work

Sandy Froman, a gun rights advocate who was formerly the president of the NRA, debated gun background checks with Brady Campaign president Dan Gross at the AC360 town hall on gun violence.

Gross told Anderson, "The reality is that when you go to a gun show you can see what really happens in this country, which is, under the guise of being licensed firearms dealers, people are selling guns to people that they don't know and people who could very well be criminals, be dangerously mentally ill, and people who would be caught if they went through a federally licensed firearm dealer."

Anderson asked Froman, currently an NRA board member, if the NRA has changed its position on universal background checks. In 1999 during a House Judiciary committee hearing, current NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre stated, "We think it is reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show. No loopholes for anyone." FULL POST

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Filed under: Gun Control • Guns • Town Hall: Guns Under Fire
January 24th, 2013
10:04 PM ET

Gun control personal for lawmaker

Today Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-California, introduced a bill that would ban some military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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Filed under: Congress • Gun Control • Gun Violence • Guns • Raw Politics
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