Dem Congresswoman Shot by Gunman

On the web, the rumor mill has the killer Jared Lee Loughner variously as an anarchist, a communist, a registered Tea Party member, a registered Democrat, an Obama supporter…. But 22-year-olds are too young to have developed a coherent political belief system. I don’t believe him to be an ideologue. Nor are the shootings ideologically-politically motivated, no matter the rationalizations we may hear from him in the days to come.
Loughner is a Columbine-type psychopath, and what he perpetrated today are acts of malice — pure evil. Of course, the media and the Left will do their utmost to portray him as a “right wing gun-nut” and make this tragedy a cause for gun control.
~Eowyn (Jan. 9, 2011, 5:48pm, west coast)
UPDATES: Hot Air says:

  • Rep. Gifford was shot in temple; bullet went clear through and exited out other side; underwent surgery; will pull through.
  • Among dead are Federal Judge John Roll and a 9-year-old girl.
  • Shooter taken into police custody, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner.
  • Police detained a second suspect; looking for a third man.
  • Here’s Loughner’s pulled but archived Facebook page. Here’s his YouTube channel with three manifesto-type clips, including “Final Thoughts” posted last month. He sounds like an anarchist, complaining about “currency that’s not backed by gold and silver” and how “you don’t have to accept the federalist laws.”

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NY Post says Giffords “might have been shot at point blank range, some reports indicated. There are conflicting reports as to whether she survived.” Her father Spencer Giffords, when asked if his 40-year-old daughter had any enemies, said ‘Yeah. The whole tea party.’ Others, including congressional staffers were also wounded, though different reports place the victim toll between five and 11 people. (H/t Kitty)
BREAKING NEWS
Congresswoman, 6 Others, Killed By Gunman
NPR – Jan 8, 2011
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and six others died after a gunman opened fire at a public event on Saturday, the Pima County, Ariz., sheriff’s office confirms.
The 40-year-old Democrat, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at a Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.
At least three other people, including members of her staff, were injured. Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known.
Giffords was talking to a couple when the suspect ran up and fired indiscriminately from about four feet away, Michaels said.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., poses with House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Susan Walsh/APRep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) poses with House Speaker John Boehner on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.


The suspect ran off and was tackled by a bystander. He was taken into custody. Witnesses described him as in his late teens or early 20s.
Giffords was first elected to represent Arizona’s 8th District in 2006. The “Congress on Your Corner” events allow constituents to present their concerns directly to her.

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Kitty
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Kitty

NY Post story:
Ariz. Congresswoman Giffords shot; Dad: ‘Entire Tea Party’ her enemy
Read more: https://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/ariz_congresswoman_shot_in_head_YFTvsurRHy5OWGSRKnuK8J#ixzz1ATZWxaMS
I feel for her family, including her parents, but seriously, if her father actually said that he shouldn’t have.

DCG
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DCG

Just horrific news…prayers for Giffords and all the victims.

josephbc69
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This is the tragedy of our commons, where “a “Congress on Your Corner” event at a Safeway…” [a supreme irony in that location name!] becomes the scene where an enraged citizen [?], likely frustrated beyond relief at his political impotence, vents his rage in murder. Why do I ascribe a political basis to this madness? Well, he clearly wasn’t there as a thief. He may have been hired by others to do this, we don’t yet know and, as in so many times before, we may never be allowed to discover the real perps. And before we hear from the… Read more »

Will
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Will

Not sure of her death yet. Just talked to my brother he said she is still in surgery but confirmation of the other death has been confirmed. Already the left is gearing up to blame conservatives and the Repubs.
My heart goes out to her and her family and those who else lost their lives.

Will
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Will

I cannot believe (even for these lefty nuts) that they are trying to blame this on Sarah Palin have this world truly gone mad!?

Dave
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Dave
Dave
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Dave
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Dave

Here is a vid comrade Loughner flagged as a fave:
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L1lsLU-kUw&feature=player_embedded]
Yeah, real TEA partying conservative this guy was.
Not.
-Dave

Will
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Will

SHUT UP YOU MORON AND READ WHAT DAVE SAID!

Will
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Will

Dave clearly stated that this vid was flagged as this A-hole’s fav not that he made the video you effing asshat!

Will
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Will

Let it be known that comment I made was for the lefty that was promptly removed!

Will
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Will

You freaking morons are busting you butts trying to pin this madness to the conservatives but the facts are out this guy was one of your creations. In other words “you own him!”

erinyes
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erinyes

“He could have done as much carnage with a knife, maybe more” Not in my wildest purple-ringer / Doors / hippie dope -headed dreams. I don’t think so junior, and Eowyn, this is your blog, how about stuffin idiots like Joseph when they make really stupid crude statements like that? It is bloody stupid beyond belief.Besides the Lady from Arizona being gravely wounded a Federal Judge and a nine year old girl were killed because an idiot “used his second amendment option” where did we hear that statement? The implications from this event are tighter security EVERYWHERE, demanded by both… Read more »

mary Johnson
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mary Johnson

Well shoot. Elected officials pass laws all the time aimed at eliminating us.
Then for fun, they molest us at the airport. Spray chemicals on us from the air. Taint our water. Serve genetically modified food without concern for the safety of it. Send kids to war for no reason. Steal our money and property.
Some day. Just someday. The people will get sick of it and sick of them.
Today is not that day.

Judy
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Praying for God’s mercy on the victims and their families, and praying for justice and for God to help me release my anger and desire for revenge.

Why lie?
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Why lie?

Mary: You sound like a potential gunwoman. So today is not your day? When you plan on going on a killing spree then? I’d like to know so I can turn you in. You certainly sound paranoid and insane enough to do it.

Why lie?
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Why lie?

Your desire for revenge against whom? The shooter?

Why lie?
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Why lie?

Eowyn : Hate breeds hate … Where do you think I developed such a distrust / distaste for conservatives/birthers? Why people like Mary of course. You say they give conservatism a bad name – I say they represent a large percentage of conservatives (at least the people on the fringe enough to believe a bunch of debunked lies like the Obama Eligibility junk) .. For 2 years now I have read countless comments of people like her and MUCH MUCH worse threatening “2nd ammendment solutions and shouting “LOCK n LOAD” and yes, even threatening death /murder upon “obots” … The… Read more »

Joseph E Fasciani
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Joseph E Fasciani

Good First Day morning, all! I think that the writer identified as “mary [sic] Johnson” may have shot herself in the foot through poor grammar, punctuation, and syntax, but her intentions were good enough. It could well be that her opening, “Well shoot. Elected officials pass laws all the time aimed at eliminating us” should have been punctuated as “Well, shoot!” as a sign of her exasperation w/the current political mess. If so, then she’s in line w/my comment that set “erinyes” off on me: “And before we hear from the pro gun-control faction, let me say that he could… Read more »

erinyes
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erinyes

Gee, thanks Joseph, I never realized…..
YA think I pulled the name outta my butt?
Dude it’s Mythology, I’m more gentle than most kittens,my comment deals with REALITY.
And thanks for your expert commentary about killing people with knives, but, my brother, a Glock 9mm with a big clip kinda sorta trumps a buck knife, oh crap, why bother…………….
Oh Eowyn, I do respect you, thanks for allowing me the space.
And “Hi “to Steve.

erinyes
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erinyes

Thanks, Steve;Eowyn.
‘Till my next cybervisit!

erinyes
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erinyes

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Zorro
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Zorro

The shooting in Tucson is a true American tragedy. It is a sad commentary on extremist politics and media sensationalism. The irony of the whole episode is Giffords got her political start from Rahm Emanuel, the master of exploiting a crisis. We will be subjected to nonstop attempts at gun control, along with harangues from the unethical and manipulative left.

Why lie?
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Why lie?

Master of exploiting a crisis? Really? I believe he meant people should make the best of a crisis — In this case, perhaps lead us all to toning down the rhetoric a bit .. In the case of 9/11 – step out of our complacency , etc etc… Why are you so cynical about Rahm’s view on crisis? His point was to EVOLVE not regress.

Why lie?
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Why lie?

There is absolutely nothing elitist or atheist about a desire for a people to evolve. (That is, to improve our understanding and reasoning with changing circumstances) — Evolution is constant and affects everything in life. You don’t have to be an atheist to accept that. I, for one, believe a higher power most likely had a hand in creating life and the process of evolution that sustains it. You conservatives sure bring up the oh so scary “Marxist” bogeyman a lot lately. You must think one must be an “evil Marxist” to believe in Evolution, the science behind global warming,… Read more »

josephbc69
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Many thanks Eowyn for your very savvy response to “Why lie”.
Anyone who spends twenty minutes on the Internet can discover the quality of Rahm Emanuel’s history and his dubious loyalty to the US of A first, rather than Israel.

Zorro
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Zorro

Eowyn, I appreciate your supportive response to “why lie?’s” attempted distortion of my words. The world is truly “six degrees of separation”. I know of 2 victims in this Tucson carnage through a close friend (who is like a brother to me). The slain Congressional aide and the judge were 2 fine people. Their families and friends are devastated. My (Conservative) friend only has kind words about Congresswoman Giffords. Giffords is one of the few embraced by Jan Brewer and other Conservatives because of her compassion and honest motivation to serve. BTW, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is milking this situation. They had… Read more »

josephbc69
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Ab-so-freaking right on, Eowyn! Even a saint has the right to get pissed off at enough terminal stupidity. Good on you, warrior woman!!
It reminds me of how Goethe hired Eckermann as his secretary and main man. Goethe was older and only had time left to create, not chit chat and socialise w/less-than-fulfilling visitors.

microserf
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microserf

wow! With this story and these comments, I’m beginning to see just how whacked things really are.

DCG
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DCG

How’s this for classy? Obama admin has created t-shirts “Together We Thrive” logo and slogan. Yes, the Tucson massacre is being branded (via Michellle Malkin):
https://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/12/branding-the-tuscon-massacre-together-we-thrive-in-white-and-blue/