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Colorado shooting revives memory of Tucson mass shooting

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Colorado shooting revives memory of Tucson mass shooting

CREATED Jul 20, 2012

Reporter: Craig Smith

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Colorado mass shooting has pulled Tucson's January 8th mass shooting back in the national spotlight and revived uncomfortable memories that never really went away.

Six people died in the Tucson shooting, 14 were wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who later resigned from Congress to focus on her recovery.

Patricia Maisch kept Jared Lee Loughner from re-loading when she was able to grab an ammunition clip away from him.  Loughner wounded retired Army Colonel Bill Badger as he got the gun out of Loughner's hand.
       
That experience brings them a sad, special connection to the mass shooting in Colorado.  

Patricia Maisch says of the Colorado survivors: "They'll probably wake up any number of nights hoping it was a bad dream and that it didn't really happen.  Unfortunately they'll keep coming to the realization that it did and they're going to have holes in their hearts just like we do."
     
Maisch and Colonel Bill Badger can come closer than most to understanding how survivors of the Colorado mass shooting feel.
     
When Colonel Badger heard what happened in Colorado his thoughts went to the families and friends of the people hurt and killed.

"And then after, I think about them, when then you start thinking, how in the world could something like this happen again and again, and again."
      
Since the January 8th shooting, Badger, Maisch and many others caught up in the Tucson shooting have tried to keep shootings   from happening again and again. 
      
It's brought them a small sample of peace to work for better mental health care, and better safeguards to keep guns from the mentally ill. 

Maisch says, "The major mass shootings, they garner the attention but there's 34 people everyday in the United States that are murdered with guns so I'm hoping we can change not only the mass murders but all those individual people.  Those poor people don't get any of the press."

The Tucson Mass Shooting survivors have been urging the administration and members of Congress to enact better mental health screen for gun buyers and for more effective background checks.