Saturday, January 8, 2011

Gabrielle Giffords shot by fanatic.

Here is one of the news articles in its entirety. I'll let you decide what to make of it yourself.

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A US congresswoman was shot in the head at point blank range today at a public meeting outside a grocery shop in Arizona. The attacker was a gunman who hit up to a dozen other people at the constituency event before being restrained. Gabrielle Giffords, a 40-year-old Democratic member of the House of Representatives, was taken to hospital where she was last night undergoing surgery.

The shooting happened shortly after 10am local time outside a Safeway store in Tucson where the attacker, said to be a white male in his late teens or early 20s, ran up and opened fire on Giffords and a number of members of her staff. The event, called "Congress on Your Corner", allowed members of her district to meet her.

American news channel, MSNBC, said that the gunman ran into a "crowded area" and began "firing indiscriminately" as Giffords was talking to a couple. Several people were last night thought to have been killed. An eyewitness told ABC News he heard 15 to 20 gunshots and saw people running and screaming.

Andrea Gooden, a witness who was working across the road from the scene, said: "I heard about 15 shots. Then there were people racing across the parking lot."

Another witness, Steven Rayle, who was on the scene at the time of the shooting and helped pin the suspect down until the police arrived, said: "The event was very informal. Giffords had set up a table outside the Safeway and about 20 or 30 people were gathered to talk to her. The gunman, who may have come from inside the Safeway, walked up and shot Giffords in the head first."

Giffords's Tuscon constituency office was vandalised last March after she voted in favour of Barack Obama's controversial health bill, which has been bitterly opposed by the American right. Giffords had been named as a political campaign target for conservatives in November's elections by former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin for her strong support of Obama's reforms. Palin had published a "target map" on her website using images of gun sights to identify 20 House Democrats, including Giffords, for backing the new health care law. At an event in 2009 which was similar to the one Giffords was holding today, a protester was removed by police when his pistol fell to the supermarket floor.

Giffords, who was born in Tucson and has two children, took office in January 2007 supporting immigration control, embryonic stem-cell research and the right to abortion. While the motive for today's shooting was not immediately clear, Giffords was one of 10 Democrat members of Congress who were the subject of harassment over their support for the healthcare overhaul. Although a Democrat, Giffords was a strong supporter of the right to bear arms and was re-elected to her third term last November in congressional elections, edging out the Tea Party favourite Jesse Kelly.

Jason Pekau, an employee at a shop close to today's shooting, said two bodies were covered on the pavement after emergency services had arrived at the scene. Reports tonight quoted a number of sources, including an unnamed Democratic member of Congress, who said that a number of people had died, including Giffords.

Giffords is married to Mark Kelly, an astronaut who was the commander of the Endeavour, the final planned mission of the American space shuttle programme, and a veteran of the first Gulf War. She served as chairwoman of the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee and also holds seats on the House Science and Technology and Armed Services committees.

Giffords was the first Jewish woman elected to Congress from Arizona, the third female ever to be elected for that state, and had been building up an prominent public profile with frequent appearances in the national media.

5 comments:

  1. A federal grand jury in Phoenix should quickly return indictments against Sarah Palin and others associated with Sarah PAC for first or second degree murder and/or inciting other(s) to commit the same.

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  2. Terrible day. I've met her a few times during local political events down here. Even though I was always on the other team, she was always very nice to us on this side. She even bought our campaign office donuts in 08. I'm praying for her to make a good recovery and for all the rest who are suffering after today.

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  3. The attack was sickening. Yes, Sarah Palin did do some stupid shit by marking the map of democrats running for office with a crosshairs, but the woman does stupid things all the time without thinking about consequences. Personally saying that one map was tantamount to murder and conspiracy though, I mean really. I hate the woman, but quite honestly the connection between the two events is illogical. It's just like claiming listening to certain types of music cause people to kill or commit suicide. (Bullshit!) The guy was obviously not all there, or at the very least completely unstable. Blaming someone's mental problems on others is just looking for a scape goat. I really do hope she makes a full recovery both physically and emotionally.

    I believe what frustrates me the most is how even now in the midst of a terrible tragedy, we are still labeling. It's not Congresswoman Giffords, It's Liberal, Jewish, Democrat Congresswoman Giffords. It's not "this violent act is an attack against all", it's as the Tea Party Nation founder put it. "She's a liberal" but “that does not matter now. No one should be a victim of violence because of their political beliefs.” My question is this: If it doesn't matter then why are you still pointing it out? IMHO as humans, or at least Americans we constantly have to label everyone and everything we see (I'm sure this provided a safety mechanism in the past when we were developing as a species, but no more). If something without a label exists, then we feel uncomfortable on what to do with it. Sadly in these times our labels have moved from classifying things to understand to classifying things to hate.

    My hopes, wishes, positive thinking, praying, and energy goes out to the people effected by this. It was and is still a sad event in our history.

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  4. The attack was sickening. Yes, Sarah Palin did do some stupid things by marking the map of democrats running for office with a crosshairs, but the woman does stupid things all the time without thinking about consequences, Personally saying that one map was tantamount to murder and conspiracy though, I mean really. I hate the woman, but quite honestly the connection between the two events is illogical. It's just like claiming listening to certain types of music cause people to kill or commit suicide. ( Bullshit!) The guy was obviously not all there, or at the very least completely unstable. Blaming someone's mental problems on others is just looking for a scape goat.

    I beleive what frustrates me the most is how even now in the midst of a terrible tragedy, we are still labeling. It's not Congresswoman Giffords, It's Liberal, Jewish, Democrat Congresswoman Giffords. It's not just "this violent act is an attack against all", it's as the Tea Party Nation founder put it. "She's a liberal" but “that does not matter now. No one should be a victim of violence because of their political beliefs.” My question is this. If it doesn't matter then why are you still pointing it out? Sadly in these times our labels have moved from classifying things to understand to classifying things to hate.

    I pray, wish, hope, and send my energies to the people effected by the attack.

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