Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's Medical Condition Stable

Rep Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in a Healthier Day

This morning's news reports no change in Rep. Giffords's medical condition, which is good news. It means there is no swelling, which was a risk.

Our prayers are with her.

One can only speculate how the tragedy would have been different if someone else in the crowd had been legally carrying a firearm. Maybe not at all. Maybe very different.

If someone had been openly carrying, would Loughner have been deterred? Or would he have targeted the openly armed citizen first? We will never know, of course.

We should not assume that more gun restrictions would have kept Rep. Giffords any safer.

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