A shooting occurred near Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011: twenty people were shot, six of them fatally, during United States Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' meeting with constituents held in a Safeway supermarket parking lot in Casas Adobes. The dead include the chief judge for the U.S. District Court for Arizona, John McCarthy Roll; a nine-year-old girl; and a congressional aide. Representative Giffords, a Democrat representing Arizona's 8th congressional district who was said to be the target of the attack, was shot through the head at close range and is in critical condition. A 22-year-old local man, Jared Lee Loughner, was arrested at the scene, and is being questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The motive for the shooting is currently unclear, as the suspect is not talking and has invoked his rights against self-incrimination. The attack was the first shooting of an elected U.S. politician since the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan in March 1981.
I have to say, this was a long time coming, and it can probably be put squarely at the feet of right wing radicals. This poster from back in the election had crosshairs on the top 20 moderate/liberal politicians that tea-party politicians were trying to defeat in the elections.
also, twitter messages like this, «Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: "Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!" Pls see my Facebook page.», does not look good after this sort of event.
In 2010, after her office had been vandalized, Giffords had said; "We're in Sarah Palin's 'targeted' list, but the thing is that the way she has it depicted, we're in the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they've got to realize that there are consequences to that action.
Keith Olberman also apparently made a pretty ruthless attack on this situation, so I link that. Never heard of him before, but anyone that goes a bit in the other direction should be applauded.
Edited by duke_Qa, 09 January 2011 - 10:36 PM.