As Arizona Remembers Tucson Shooting, Virginia Tech Massacre Survivor Calls For New Gun Control

 Thousands of people gathered Sunday in Tucson, Arizona, for a candlelight vigil remembering the six people killed in last year’s deadly shooting that left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords gravely wounded. Giffords, still recovering from her injuries, addressed the crowd. Meanwhile, Jared Loughner, who was arrested and charged with attempting to assassinate Giffords, has pleaded not guilty and been found unfit to stand trial because of mental illness. Despite repeated calls for greater gun control in the year since the shooting, little has been done and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for gun purchases has not been fully implemented. “I think a lot of Americans already think that we do background checks on everybody and are surprised to learn that we don’t … at the minimum we should be doing a background check,” says Colin Goddard, who has worked tirelessly for gun control since he survived the 2007 shooting on the Virginia Tech campus that left 32 people dead.

Democracy Now / By Amy Goodman

Posted at January 9, 2012, 5:12am

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