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Hidden Histories
Voices of the Tuscon Massacre
Weekly Program
Jack R. Johnson
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Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of a massacre in Tucson, Arizona by gunman Jared Lee Loughner Six people were killed, including 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, born on Sept. 11, 2001, and a federal judge. Thirteen others were shot, including Congress woman Gabrielle Giffords
Jared Lee Loughner was a 23-year-old who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was able to obtain a small arsenal and ammunition thanks to Arizona’s gun laws.
Many of the survivors of the shooting have lobbied for gun legislation in Washington in hopes of preventing similar shootings. According to news reports, Loughner had admitted to military recruiters in 2008 that he had used drugs but was still able to buy a gun legally.
Patricia Maisch who helped to rescue victims of the shooting, urged members of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee to pass the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011 to help prevent another attack like the one near Tucson. Maisch and others said the current system needs to be fixed.
"The shooting in Tucson brought Americans together," she said. "Please honor that unity by putting politics aside and working together to fix our broken background-check system."
Following are some of the voices of the survivors describing the shooting:

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