Saturday, January 8, 2011

19 People Shot including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords & She is in Critical Condition

From USA Today:

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition after a shooting rampage at a Tucson shopping center that has shaken the nation and left at least six people dead and more than a dozen wounded.

Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, was shot in the head at point blank range by a man who opened fire during a meet-and-greet with constituents. Among the dead are an aide to the congresswoman, a 9-year-old girl and U.S. District Judge John Roll.

Nineteen people were shot in total, Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik said. Five died at the scene, he said. Authorities recovered a single weapon, a pistol with what Deputy Sheriff Richard Kastigar described as an "extended magazine." The gunman was apprehended at the scene, but it is not yet known why he opened fire.

The shooter has been identified as Jared Loughner, 22, by law enforcement officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the name publicly.

Dupnik declined to name the suspect, but said he had a criminal background.  "He has kind of a troubled past, I can tell you that. And we're not convinced that he acted alone. There is some reason to believe that he came to this location with an another individual." He described that person as a white man, "possibly in his 50s," and called him as a "person of interest."

This is a very tragic incident.  This is horrific.  Unimaginable. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families. 

 Governor Brewer speaks out on the tragic incident:

Here is some personal background information on Rep. Gifford from Fox News:

Giffords, 40, was just reelected to her third term in the U.S. House in November. An alumnus of Cornell University and Scripps College, Giffords served as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives and state Senate before winning her seat in Congress.

She is the only member of Congress with a spouse on active duty in the military. Giffords married Navy Captain and astronaut Mark Kelly in 2007.

A member of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Science Committees, Giffords has also been a strong proponent of alternative energy and border security issues.   Her district, Arizona 08, is in the southeastern corner of the states and covers just over 9,000 square miles. It shares a 114-mile border with Mexico.

Giffords has been to the right of many of her Democratic colleagues on the issue of border security, aggressively supporting legislation to increase the number of Border Patrol agents and National Guard troops at the border. Giffords hardened her stance on border security after alleged drug cartel members murdered Robert Krentz, a rancher in her district, on his property on March 27, 2010.

Unlike some Democrats, Giffords is also a strong supporter of gun owners' rights. She opposed the District of Columbia's ban on handguns, and filed a friend of the court briefing to the United States Supreme Court in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller in support of overturning the measure.


Quite Rightly said...

19 people! One of them a little girl born on 9/11 and shot to death.

Terrible, terrible, terrible.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

And they will say, "Take away the guns", while at the same time protecting the nut jobs like the guy that did this. Thank you Libs and the ACLU.

WomanHonorThyself said...

hiya Teres..there will b lots more about this in the next few days no doubt...Bless them all and their families.

Keir said...

Only last week the media was used to advocate the execution of Michael Vick for killing dogs. Last April Republican Congressman Paul Broun used the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing: "Fellow patriots, we have a lot of domestic enemies of the constitution, and they're right down the Mall, in the Congress of the United States – and right down Independence Avenue in the White House that belongs to us. It's not about my ability to hunt, which I love to do. It's not about the ability for me to protect my family and property against criminals, which we have the right to do. But it's all about us protecting ourselves from a tyrannical government." The year before, this same Broun singled out then-Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, as one such "domestic enemy of the constitution". He was re-elected last November with 67% of the vote. As a teacher of 20th century history here about 7 miles from Dachau in Germany, I know all about how self-serving demagogues like Palin will sacrifice people's lives for their own ends and use God and patriotism to justify it.

Teresa said...


First of all Tucker Carlson - the person who made the statement about Vick - retracted his statement as you can see here -

You say all this information about Congressman Paul Broun which is probably is not in context but regardless his statement about the second amendment, guns, and tyranny is accurately stated. So, how would you protect yourself from a tyrannical government if citizens guns were confiscated via orders by the State? The second amendment is a defense against a tyrannical government as well as affords us the right to own guns to hunt.

"As a teacher of 20th century history here about 7 miles from Dachau in Germany, I know all about how self-serving demagogues like Palin will sacrifice people's lives for their own ends and use God and patriotism to justify it."

You obviously aren't that smart of a teacher since you think casting aspersions without providing proof makes it reality. This is nonsense. Prove that Palin doesn't have a populist message. Prove that she is in it for her own end.

bm said...

The Arizona Shooter Jared Loughner: is a Certified Lefty Nut, don't let anyone tell you differently.