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What if Jared Loughner Were a Muslim Arab Immigrant?

What if the alleged gunman in Tucson wasn't named Jared Loughner but instead was named Ali Mohammed?

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Arizona Shooter Loughner Used Marijuana ... So What?

As you may know by now, in a tragic act of insane violence, Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords was targeted for assassination, but survived the point-blank gunshot allegedly fired by Jared Lee Loughner, a 22-year-old man whose rambling internet paranoia calls his sanity into question.  Loughner also allegedly fired into the crowd, killing a 9-year-old girl (born on 9/11/2001, incidentally), a federal Circuit Court judge, a Giffords staffer, and three others, and wounding several more. All of us at National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws are shocked and saddened by the event and our condolences go out to all the friends, family, and colleagues of the victims who are suffering so much at this time.

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Why Right-Wing Fearmongers Have Blood on Their Hands

For some time now, it's been something of a reflexive response by media pundits, particularly conservatives and "moderate" liberals, to point to mental illness when some violent and unstable person commits a horrifying act in the name of extremist right-wing beliefs. If they're just mentally ill, you can't blame the people whose ideas they happened to pick up, can you?

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Obama Makes a Moving Call for Civility Before 14,000 Gathered for Tragic Arizona Shooting

On a day marked by vitriol after a weekend marked by unspeakable violence, President Barack Obama this Wednesday called Americans to the better angels of their nature at a memorial service in Tucson for the victims of a rampage that left six dead and 14 wounded when a gunman targeted Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her constituents outside an Arizona supermarket. Obama's speech to some 14,000 gathered in a stadium at the University of Arizona will likely be seen by historians as a defining moment in his presidency.

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Hate and Violence Are Encoded in the DNA of the American Right

Jared Loughner’s attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is a wakeup call for us to confront the reality that hate and violence are encoded in the political DNA of the American Right.

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Yes, Jared Loughner's Act Was Political

Was Jared Loughner's act in shooting Rep. Giffords political? Apparently this is what's being debated with a straight face now. Is this a joke? He shot a politician in the head. He called it an "assassination." What part of that was unclear?

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Guns Don't Kill People: Cowards and Lobbyists Do

Like many people who have come forward to speak or write about the Tucson massacre, I know and adore Gabby Giffords. It is virtually impossible not to adore her. She has a presence and graciousness that light up a room.

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Is Jared Loughner a Right-Wing Extremist?

Is Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged mass murderer who shot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, a right-wing extremist?

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Why Was Jared Loughner Allowed to Buy an Assault Weapon? And Why Isn't He Being Called a Terrorist?

Question:  How does a mentally unstable man who was kicked out of school and had run-ins with the law buy an assault weapon? 

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