January 31, 2012 1:00 AM

Commentary: Gabrielle Giffords' departure from Congress is a blow to democracy

In a democracy, nothing is supposed to matter more than the will of the people. So it was painful to watch last week as the will of the people was overturned and one of Arizona's duly elected representatives was forced from office. It wasn't a recall vote or scandal that did it. No, the people's will was overturned by a gun.

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