Exactly one year ago today, Jared Lee Loughner allegedly opened fire on a crowd meeting Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords outside a Tucson Safeway, killing six people and wounding 14 others, including Rep. Giffords. To remember those who were lost, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has released a video of several survivors describing what happened that day, and why they support the stepped-up enforcement and reform of current gun laws.

“We are honored that survivors of the Tucson tragedy have joined our mission to keep illegal guns out of the hands of dangerous people," the group's co-chair Mayor Bloomberg notes in a release. “Until we get serious about enforcing our gun laws and making common-sense reforms, 34 more Americans will continue to be murdered with guns every day." Mavy Stoddard, who lost her husband in the shooting, says in the video, "I'm going to work for this cause to hopefully keep other people from going through the horror that we went through."


The mayor of Tucson, Jonathan Rothschild, explains to the Times how the shooting impacted his city:

“You have to understand: This has always been a very civil community, a community that has always been tied together...We are a different place. We are a city of 1 million people and sometimes we acted, to our benefit and detraction, as a community of 50,000 people. For something like this to happen was such a shock...Tucson is a changed community.”

Loughner is currently in a Missouri prison receiving psychiatric treatment to be deemed fit to stand trial, and whether or not Rep. Gifffords, who is still recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound to the head, will run for reelection in November. “We’re going to have to wait and hear from her,” Giffords' chief of staff Pia Carusone told the Times. “I think getting through one year is important, and giving her the time she needs is important."

Next to the story on the anniversary of the shootings on the Arizona Republic's website is the headline "Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy killed in shootout." 20-year veteran William Coleman was killed early this morning after confronting a suspect during a robbery. The suspect shot Coleman with a semiautomatic weapon.