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US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) Shot at Town Meeting; 6 dead, 12 wounded

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While driving today, I heard the distressing, horrifying news that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) had been shot at a town meeting this morning at 10 AM local Arizona time; she was shot in the head at point-blank range.  Six others, including federal judge John Roll, a child, a baby, and one of Ms. Giffords’ aides, are dead according to various wire reports, while Ms. Giffords has already undergone successful neurosurgery.  Her condition is considered critical, but stable, at this time; no one knows whether she will fully recover, but all hopes are high.

Here’s a link to the most recent wire report I could find:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1345386/Gabrielle-Giffords-shot-Congresswoman-fighting-life-Arizona-gunman-identified-Jared-Laughner.html

Notice this is a UK newspaper, but their information is accurate as far as I can tell from monitoring CNN and Fox News this afternoon.

As Speaker of the House John Boehner said:

“An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society.

“Our prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. This is a sad day for our country.”

I agree; this is truly awful.  Horrifying.  Disgusting.  Distressing.  And insane.

The gunman, whoever he is — all we know is he’s 22 or 23 years old, though this article identifies him as Jared Laughner — needs to be seriously questioned at to what, exactly, he thought he was doing.  Because no matter how much you hate your elected representative — though Ms. Giffords was said to be well-liked by colleagues and voters — the only thing to do is this: VOTE THEM OUT.  DO NOT SHOOT THEM.  (OR ANYONE ELSE SPEAKING WITH THEM.)

** CNN just identified the shooter (I want to use much stronger verbiage, believe you me) as Jared Lee Loughner, 22.  Note the variation in spellings.  This still may not be the right identification.

Written by Barb Caffrey

January 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm