Saturday, January 08, 2011

In Memoriam: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords [Updated: Reported Alive and in Critical Condition]

Update: Despite receiving numerous reports that Giffords had passed away, the attending surgeons at the local hospital state -- thankfully -- that she is still alive and are "about as optimistic as it can get in this situation". 18 people were reported as shot; one of the fatalities was a 9-year old girl.

The alleged shooter apparently left an online suicide note.

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Gabrielle Giffords, 1970-2011

This is Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on her wedding day in 2007. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband, family members, staffers and friends.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot and killed at a shopping center in Tucson Arizona earlier today. CNN reported that as many as a dozen others were wounded or injured in the incident.

An employee at a store nearby told a reporter for CNN that he heard a series of shots. The shooting occurred at a Safeway supermarket during an event Ms. Giffords called "Congress on Your Corner."

The New York Times notes that these types of constituent events allowed residents of the Arizona 8th Congressional District to meet with her individually. In one such event in 2009, the Times notes, "a protester was removed by police when his pistol fell on the supermarket floor."

In March, the glass front door of her office was reportedly broken just hours after the House vote to pass the Democrat health care overhaul.

Ms. Giffords was 40 years old and was married to a NASA astronaut and Naval aviator, Commander Mark Kelly.

Rest in Peace, Gabrielle Giffords.


MRPKW said...

Very,very sad.

Anonymous said...

Poor Taste. She hasn't been declared dead.

directorblue said...

@Anon: CNN and NPR both reported that she passed away.

Vigilante said...

Is this not a smoking gun for concealed carry?

Anonymous said...

For days you have been calling them lairs and now all of a sudden CNN, NY-times and NPR are regarded as reliable sources?
I don't understand you Doug. If you truly want to crush the liberals why aren't you happy now?

directorblue said...

Because I believe in the civil society, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

I believe in our highest laws, not lawlessness, which is the Democrat agenda.

As for CNN and NPR, why would anyone (Fox included) lie about such a thing?

And when have I stated such?

Now begone, miscreant, before I taunt you a second time.

Doc99 said...

Rumors of her death have been greatly exaggerated. She's post-op, in critical condition. Prognosis is cautiously optimistic.

A.M. Jones said...

How incredibly distasteful to keep this post up especially with all the new information that has come out. Shame on you.

Vigilante said...

All those in favor of the rights of unregulated militias to bear arms should get in line to wash innocent blood from their hands. It is time for us, as a nation, to take up the unconstitutionality of standing un-regulated militias.

Keir said...

I teach history here in Germany. Those people who think that words and incitement to violence can be fobbed off and taken lightly should come to visit and learn what their country fought against. I fear what's going on in America where people's ideas are not debated, but instead the people themselves are attacked. Already last week one guy was using the media to argue that Michael Vicks should be executed (no doubt given his race). Palin has constantly used this language which appeals to the type of ignorant, disadvantaged and uneducated group of people that makes up her base and has never been called for it. The irony is that Giffords had, and look where she is now (although she herself was an advocate of gun ownership). If Palin's incitement is no big deal then why did she wait until someone was attacked to delete the image?

Vigilante said...

Comment of the day award goes to Keir, IMO.

directorblue said...

Obama: ‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun’.