The Tucson Tragedy: Lessons from the Senseless Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords by John Newport, Ph.D. Tucson, AZ
Suggested Questions for Media Interviews:
- Dr. Newport, what motivated you to write “The Tucson Tragedy”?
- Can you describe the book’s central message in one or two sentences?
- Did you know Gabrielle Giffords personally before the shooting?
- You mention that the shooting took place less than a mile from your home. What were your thoughts when you learned about the shooting?
- Can you share with us what you learned about the victims in the course of writing your book – the six people who were brutally murdered that day?
- In your book you state that in many respects the Tucson shooting is a microcosm of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Can you elaborate on this?
- Now let’s focus on the suspect, Jared Lee Loughner. Drawing on your background in psychology, what do you think might have been his motives for the shooting rampage?
- What do you think might be an appropriate punishment for such a dastardly deed?
- Much of your book deals with the “lessons to be learned” from the shooting and its aftermath. Can you pinpoint one or two of the key lessons we should learn from all this?
- What, if anything, can we do to prevent future occurrences of this nature?
- You seem to have a great deal of admiration for the subject of your book – Gabrielle Gifffords. What do you see as being some of her unique qualities as a politician?
- Now that Ms. Giffords has relinquished her seat in Congress, what are your thoughts concerning her personal and political future?
- Dr. Newport – one final question. How can viewers/listeners buy your book and learn more about the “Tucson Tragedy”?
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