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Democratic Congresswoman Shot in Arizona

bekayne
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Gabrielle Giffords, a Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, was shot and killed today at a public event outside a grocery store.

A spokesman for the Pima County sheriff says that at least 12 people were shot. The Tucson Citizen reports that Rep. Giffords was "shot point blank in the head."

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/08/gabrielle-giffords-shot-c_n_806211.html


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6079_Smith_W
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She was one of the 20 representatives on Sarah Palin's "Take back the 20" target map. Link to it here:

http://twitter.com/jackiementer

http://www.takebackthe20.com/

The site is being worked on right now (and no doubt revised). The original site had a gunsight target on her head.

(edit) that's what I read. THis is all I could find through a search, and it's not in the wayback machine yet:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_qaR83Z5EiIQ/S7O37mgijRI/AAAAAAAACko/H10MPx8zsE...

Last report was that six other people were killed in that attack.


West Coast Greeny
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For fuck sakes! It was only a matter of time.

Huffington Post reports that Giffords is in fact, still alive.


Papal Bull
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'Conflicting reports on Rep. Giffords' condition' is the tag line on CNN.

 

Anything on the suspect?


Sineed
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bekayne
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There are now reports that she is still alive & in critical condition


bekayne
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Here's a notice for an event held by the Republican who ran against her last year:

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aka Mycroft
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Her office was also vandalized last March during the Obamacare debate.


KenS
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And while that vandalism and targeting was taking place there were lots of gun and gunplay ads and talk and imagery... generally directed at no one in particular of course.

I always knew of her as a prime target for when this was going to happen.


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In the past 5 minutes, her Wikipedia page has changed twice, saying initially she was assassinated, then saying she was shot, based on a NYT article that has similarly been modified.  It's rather macabre, watching this scramble between the news networks to be the 1st one to say she's dead.  Reminds me of back in '81, when James Brady was falsely confirmed dead after being shot in the head at that attempted assassination of Reagan. 

Apparently, one of her aids has been confirmed deceased in the attack.

The article I linked in my previous post now says this:

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U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot, reports conflict about her condition.




bekayne
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aka Mycroft wrote:

Her office was also vandalized last March during the Obamacare debate.

And a gun was found on the ground at a campaign rally of hers


Boom Boom
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The Hysterical States of America. Jesus.


josh
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Word is that she is in surgery.  21 year old white male said to be in custody.

She was a DLC Dem who barely won re-election in November. 

 


contrarianna
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aka Mycroft wrote:

Her office was also vandalized last March during the Obamacare debate.

Thank God for Harper's US/Canada perimeter defense. That oughta keep them terrists out, er, corralled, eh? You betcha.


josh
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Report that federal judge John Roll was killed in the shooting.


Sineed
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Surely the government will stop Palin if she attempts to speak here on the grounds that she incites terrorist acts Undecided


josh
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Giffords expected to survive.  Through and through wound in the head.  Out of surgery.


Sineed
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Thread title needs to change.


NorthReport
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So more right wing justice at work here. Is this what's coming with Harper's right-wing agenda in Canada? After all Flanagan called for the Weakileaks guy to be assassinated, didn't he?

Last I heard Gifford is alive but in critical condition. 6 others died however. 

 

U.S. congresswoman, staffers shot at event in Tucson: reports

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/americas/us-congresswoman-staf...


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Thread title needs to change.


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bekayne
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josh wrote:

Report that federal judge John Roll was killed in the shooting.

http://judgepedia.org/index.php/John_Roll

Judge Roll in 2009, faced death threats after presiding over a $32 million civil-rights lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by illegal immigrants against an Arizona rancher. After Judge Roll ruled the case would be certified, threats came from talk-radio shows which fueled controversy and spurred audiences into making threats against the judge[2].

The threats materialized after one show, Judge Roll's name logged more than 200 phone calls as some callers threatened the judge and his family[2].

This resulted in the judge and his wife were under a protection detail for one month as Judge Roll was given twenty four hours a day, seven days a week security by the US Marshals Service. An US Attorney's investigation ruled that four men were identified as threat makers, but no charges were filed[2].

In a July 9, 2009 interview with the Arizona Republic, Judge Roll described the time under high security as "unnerving and invasive. . . . By its nature it has to be," Roll said. Roll also said, "It (the security) was handled very professionally by the Marshals Service."[2]

At the end of the month, Roll said four key men had been identified as threat makers[2].


josh
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Person arrested was Jared Loughner.  May be right-wing nut based on this supposed tweet:

 

 

 

Loughner: Every US Government official agency is illegally accepting payment without gold or silver. The swat (cont) http://tl.gd/...
less than 5 seconds ago via Osfoora HD

 

http://twitter.com/onlineleft


josh
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Based on hospital press conference, Roll is not deceased at this time, but is in critical condition.  Only one person confirmed dead.  A nine year old girl.Cry


bekayne
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josh wrote:

Person arrested was Jared Loughner.  May be right-wing nut based on this supposed tweet:

 

 

 

Loughner: Every US Government official agency is illegally accepting payment without gold or silver. The swat (cont) http://tl.gd/...
less than 5 seconds ago via Osfoora HD

 

http://twitter.com/onlineleft

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0111/Alleged_shooter_left_social_media_hints.html?showall


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US lawmaker gravely injured in shooting; 6 dead

The incident came after packages ignited in a post office in Washington, DC on Friday and two government buildings in neighboring Maryland on Thursday.

Giffords, 40, became the first Jewish woman to be elected to Congress from Arizona in 2006 and is married to Mark Kelly, a NASA astronaut.

She was a centrist and a member of the so-called Blue Dog Coalition of Democrats who support fiscally conservative, pro-business policies.

She has pushed for more troops to guard the nearby US-Mexico border and favored a path to legalization that would require illegal immigrants to pass a criminal background check, pay back taxes and learn English.

US federal judge John Roll of Arizona was also shot, according to the Department of Homeland Security. 

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jWCWFVg6tizG43zOPF-M-...


NorthReport
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Perhaps Palin should be charged.

U.S. congresswoman in surgery after being shot in Arizona

Giffords had been targeted by U.S. conservatives over her support for passage last year of Obama's health-care reform legislation. Her Arizona office was vandalized, its front door smashed, after passage of the health care bill last March.

At the time, Giffords' spokesman said it appeared someone either shot at the door or smashed it with another object. "We think a pellet gun was fired at the door. We're not sure," C.J. Karamargin told a local television station.

Giffords was also one of 20 members of Congress who was included in a controversial online posting by former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin following the health care vote. On her political action committee's website, Palin posted a crosshairs target over Giffords' district and listed her by name as a lawmaker to defeat in the midterm elections.

Palin came under heavy criticism from liberal groups who accused her of being reckless in using militaristic language and imagery to criticize members of Congress.

Giffords staff had for a time been worried about her safety.

In the summer of 2009, one of Giffords' staff members reported that a gun had been left at another town hall meeting hosted by the congresswoman.

 

 

 http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/congresswoman+surgery+after+being+shot+Arizona/4080780/story.html

 

 


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NorthReport wrote:

Giffords, 40, became the first Jewish woman to be elected to Congress from Arizona in 2006 and is married to Mark Kelly, a NASA astronaut.

She was a centrist and a member of the so-called Blue Dog Coalition of Democrats who support fiscally conservative, pro-business policies.

She has pushed for more troops to guard the nearby US-Mexico border and favored a path to legalization that would require illegal immigrants to pass a criminal background check, pay back taxes and learn English.

If she'd been a Republican, which based on her profile above she could very well be, I don't think there'd be as much emotion about this shooting. Correction - as much sad emotion. If she'd been Republican the emotion would be ....Shadenfreud? Is that right?


NorthReport
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Is the first kick at the can to kill Obama's heath reform legislation?

 

Republicans seek to bleed Obama's health reform

 

 http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE70113W20110104


NorthReport
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Maybe a glimmer of hope in this nitemare.

 

 

Doctor optimistic about Congresswoman Giffords' recovery

"She's in critical condition," Dr. Peter Rhee said. "The neurosurgeons have finished operating on her and I can tell you that in the current time period I am very optimistic about recovery ... she was following commands.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE70728S20110108


oldgoat
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Title changed.

 

Looking forward to the response from the Palin camp and the Teabaggers in general.  AlthoughI'm sure it will make me want to barf when I see it.

 

Wildermore, I'm not sure where you're coming from, but that was kind of a jerk response.


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