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Gabrielle Giffords Officially Resigns

January 26, 2012 by  

Gabrielle Giffords Officially Resigns

Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was nearly killed after being shot in the head during a constituent event in January 2011, formally offered her resignation to Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday so that she may focus on her recovery.

“In public service, I found a venue for my pursuit of a strong America,” Giffords wrote in her resignation letter. “I found a way to care for others. And in the past year, I have found a value that is unbreakable even by the most vicious of attacks.”

Before resigning, Giffords voted on the final piece of legislation she presented to Congress, which would expand the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to investigate ultralight airplanes smuggling drugs from Mexico in the United States. The bill passed unanimously in the House, and the Senate has vowed to move the measure quickly.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will set a date for a special Primary and General Election to fill Giffords’ seat. The winner in the special election will serve the remainder of Giffords’ term, which is set to expire in January 2013, according to Explorer News.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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    • Tom W.

      How about a little respect here for someone who nearly gave all serving the people of her state A$$HOLE!!! Even if you don’t agree with Gabby’s politics, your attack is almost as repulsive as the one that cost six innocent people their lives and nearly cost this beautiful young woman her’s! You A$$HOLE are a living example of the kind of people that II Tim. 3 refers to! I would LOVE to talk to you personally about your point of view as would her husband!!! A$$HOLE!

      “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” – II Tim. 3:1-5

      • Tom W.

        THANK YOU BOB!!!;) That’s a wink my friend!

    • dave

      Could be the stupidest comment ever posted. A$$hole isn’t even close to describe this vermin.

      • Tom W.

        I call myself an independent dave, but tend to lean right on most issues. I would describe Gabby as a DINO! She’s pro 2nd Amendment, believes in self reliance, ect.! I must be honest and say that prior to the tragedy, I had never heard her name. But this beautiful person should be a lesson to us all, NEVER GIVE UP!!! Her smile is infectious, and her attitude and commitment to public service is nothing more than, I’m at a loss for words to describe this GREAT AMERICAN! I know that she’s a happily married woman, but I fear that I’ve fallen absolutely head over heals in love with this outstanding example of a lovely human being!
        So I agree with you to the utmost, A$$HOLE doesn’t begin to describe this vile piece of trash!!!

  • Lastmanstanding

    I am compassionate as any but “who cares”.

    What’s left of our free country is circling the drain along with our kids and grandkids future…they do not care,…it is about them.

    Left, Right they are one and the same…thank God that some of us get it…

    • Deerinwater

      I do.

    • TIME


      • Lastmanstanding

        Your back…hope you are well!

        “don’t go down without one helluva fight.”

  • Sirian

    It is amazing that she is still alive – direct head shots are 99.9% effective. Be she a Democrat or otherwise should make no difference. Allow her that room for it will take a long time to come back to a very steady state of mind & body.

  • SerfCityHereWeCome

    We all wish her the best for a speedy recovery of course but something isn’t right with this picture. The party is definitely up to something because it’s EXTREMELY out of character for them to not be exploiting this near-tragedy 24/7, esp during an election year. I guess they want her to rest up a little bit for it later…

  • oldbill

    Unfortunately for the gun control crowd, the Representative is a monument to gun control. No one in the crowd had a gun. Where were the “Protect and Serve” people. If we give up our guns, aren’t they supposed to “protect” us. If this tragic event doesn’t demonstrate that only the criminals will have guns under gun control, then what does?

    I wish the woman the best. He life has been ruined by the policies her political party advocate.

    • dave

      Is there some gun control law in her state that prevents people from carrying licensed or otherwise? I’m from Florida and have concealed permit. I think I’m allowed in most states to carry. I wouldn’t have been much help though because I am a blind democrat according to everything I read here.

      • Tom W.

        Not if you believe in the 2nd Amendment dave! And i’ll bet that Gabby is still pro-gun! She knows that the person who did this to her was nothing more than maniacal madman!

    • Kinetic1

      Before you run off half cocked telling stories about how a armed civilian would have saved the day, let’s hear from Joe Zamudio, a citizen hero being interviewed on “Fox and Friends”.

      “I came out of that store, I clicked the safety off, and I was ready,” he explained on Fox and Friends. “I had my hand on my gun. I had it in my jacket pocket here. And I came around the corner like this.” Zamudio demonstrated how his shooting hand was wrapped around the weapon, poised to draw and fire. As he rounded the corner, he saw a man holding a gun. “And that’s who I at first thought was the shooter,” Zamudio recalled. “I told him to ‘Drop it, drop it!’”

      The “man holding a gun” wasn’t the shooter. He had just helped subdue the shooter and had taken his gun.

      “I was very lucky. Honestly, it was a matter of seconds. Two, maybe three seconds between when I came through the doorway and when I was laying on top of [the real shooter], holding him down. So, I mean, in that short amount of time I made a lot of really big decisions really fast. … I was really lucky.”

      If only there had been more people to mistake for the shooter. That would have made everything better.

  • LowlyWise

    While I applaud the courage and decency of Rep. Giffords and wish there were more like her willing to take on the challenge of being a decent congressperson, one detail grabbed my attention: the need in Arizona for a special primary and final election for her replacement.

    The congressman for my district resigned last summer, and the district has been the only one in the country without representation these past few months in which critical matters have been acted on. Like Arizona, Oregon must have a primary and final election for a replacement. All good and democratic, I suppose, but who is going to take care of all the mundane things congressman must do day to day? I’ve had no such issues myself, but if I did, it would devolve upon another congressman.

    This is wrong. In cases like this, the state laws should be changed so that governors can immediately appoint a successor to serve out the unexpired term OR until elections can be held. Our primary was several months ago, and the final takes place next Tuesday. We will get either a Tea Party-er or an able replacement, but that’s not the issue. The point is, we’ve had no representation since last summer, and now Ms. Gifford’s district is facing the same. (And because of her disability, effectively since January 2011; ours was ineffective for several years actually, but that’s another story.) I think the laws should be changed so that no district goes without representation for anywhere near this long.

    • ValDM

      Since you live in a completely different state than AZ., and since state election laws vary from state to state, I suggest you make a difference at the state level & get your own state’s election laws changed to suit yourself………get crackin’.

  • Deerinwater

    Well~ it a shame she had to take a bullet in the head to change the rancor of political discourse on these forums and all across the nation.

    Lock and load and other provoking phrases has no place in political conversation. People were told so but it fell on deaf ears and were scoffed with indignation.

    and now we are all a shame.

    • eddie47d

      My wife and I just sent out a Good Luck card to Gabrielle Gifford this afternoon and wished her well in her struggles and future endeavors. God Speed!

      • http://deleted Claire

        eddie47d–Good for you. I wish Gabby Gifford well, and plenty of good wishes.

    • Bob Livingston

      Dear Deerinwater,

      Utter nonsense and complete poppycock. Political discourse and “lock and load and other provoking phrases” had nothing to do with the Giffords shooting. Loughner was a mental basket case. Go peddle your lies elsewhere.

      Best wishes,

      • Tom W.

        Good tackle there Bob! He thought he was going to score!!! He’s as bad as Debbie Wasserman Shultz was the other night, she was trying her best to turn her friends tragedy into a political football!

    • sidewinderaz

      Deerinwater, you should change your ID to Fecesforbrains. The shooting incident though tragic had noting to do with anyone’s words. This was perpetrated by a deranged and imbalance individual who was a threat to society (known even by the police) and nothing was done to get him help or put him in a mental institution where he belonged.
      My heart goes out to Ms. Gifford for her courage and tenacity to bring herself back from the brink of death. Although I didn’t agree with her politically, she was loved and admired by her consituents and had guts enough to buck her party on many issues. I think her resignation is a great loss for the state of AZ and the country at large as she was a patriot who loved the America most of us grew up in. Godspeed Gabrielle!


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