Arizona Congresswoman Giffords Now Breathing On Her Own

By Scott Sarvay

January 11, 2011 Updated Jan 11, 2011 at 7:07 PM EDT

TUCSON, Arizona (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was shot in Arizona over the weekend is now "breathing on her own."

Meanwhile, the first official mass for the shooting victims will take place, Tuesday night.

On Wednesday President Obama will attend a memorial in Tucson for those who died.

In the meantime, shooting suspect, Jared Loughner's family released a statement through a spokesperson.

Loughner’s Neighbor Wayne Smith says, “He was crying. It was obvious. He is devastated all those people that were involved.”

Six people died and 14 were injured in Saturday’s rampage.

The shootings in Arizona has spawned a national debate again bringing "gun rights" to the forefront.

According to recent poll numbers American support for stricter gun laws has been steadily declining. Down dramatically from 1990 when 78-percent of Americans said they supported stricter gun control.

Former Fort Wayne Mayor Paul Helmke, and current President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence says there are still too few laws in place and the ease and availability of guns places "all Americans" at-risk.

Helmke says, “People have become suspicious of the ability of laws to make a difference and I think that when they look at shootings like this they think, laws didn't stop this from happening.”

In the meantime, New York Republican Congressman, Peter King, plans to introduce legislation that would make it illegal to take a gun within 1,000 feet of a government official.

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