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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), Several Others, Shot


Absolutely horrible, there is no place for this in America.

Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot on Saturday morning while hosting an event outside a Tucson grocery store.

Giffords spokesperson C.J. Karamargin told The Washington Post Saturday afternoon that Giffords was in surgery at Tucson’s University Medical Center.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed that Giffords had been shot in the head and was in critical condition Saturday afternoon. Eight others were brought to the hospital with Giffords, including seven adults and one child, all of whom were in either critical or serious condition. The hospital has scheduled a briefing for 1:30 p.m. local time on Saturday.

Until we have more information about who the shooter was and what his motives were, I’m not jumping to any conclusions about this (UPDATE: I completely agree with Ken Rudin of NPR on this).  For now, I’m just hoping that Rep. Giffords and the other shooting victims pull through. I’m also thinking about the terrible history of political violence we’ve had in this country, and what this latest incident might mean moving forward. Ugh…

UPDATE 3:26 pm: President Obama has issued a statement.

This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot in Tucson, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded.

We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.

UPDATE 3:28 pm: John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi also have issued statements. See the “flip” for what they have to say.

UPDATE 3:53 pm: Eric Cantor also has weighed in, his statement is on the “flip.”

UPDATE 3:57 pm: The shooter reportedly is “Jared Laughner of Arizona, born September 1988.” (UPDATE: It’s actually spelled “Loughner”; apparently, this is his YouTube channel)

UPDATE 4:29 pm: Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) said, “This is a tragic situation. We’re praying for Gabby to pull through and our thoughts and prayers go out to her staff, their families and the victims of this outrageous violence.”

UPDATE 4:51 pm: Rep. Giffords reportedly is out of surgery and “expected to recover.” Earlier today, Reuters and several other media outlets irresponsibly reported that she was dead. Major “Mainstream” Media FAIL!

John Boehner:

“An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve,” Mr. Boehner said. “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.”

Nancy Pelosi:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D, Calif.) calls the shooting a “terrible act of violence” and “a national tragedy.”

“It is with the deepest sadness that we have received word of the attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, and her constituents,” Ms. Pelosi said in a statement. “This terrible act of violence is a national tragedy, and today is a very sad day for our country.

“My prayers, and the prayers of all Members of Congress, go out to her husband, Captain Mark Kelly, their family, and to all of the staff and others who were victims of this horrible attack.

“Congresswoman Giffords is a brilliant and courageous Member of Congress, bringing to Washington the views of a new generation of national leaders. It is especially tragic that she was attacked as she was meeting with her constituents whom she serves with such dedication and distinction.”

Eric Cantor:

I was deeply horrified to learn today of the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Gifford and others in Tucson. Our thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords and her family, her staff, and the residents of Tucson on this sad day. As this serious situation continues to develop, I remain in close communication with Democratic leaders, the Speaker’s office and the Sergeant at Arms. We will remain in constant communication regarding any schedule changes.

  • blue bronc

    There is very little to say right now.  The lack of civility has been a concern for a very long time, one note is the Palin has pulled the target page from her website. Why now, why is she doing that? She should be damned proud of her work.

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    Rep. Giffords’ office was one of three that were damaged right before the vote on health care reform last year. That attack appeared to be caused by a pellet gun or some other weapon like that.

    The poisonous atmosphere that developed after the election of President Obama, which continued to be promoted by a media in love with conflict and excused by otherwise rational politicians who should have condemned it long ago instead of trying to use it for political gain, feeds the insanity of the incipient terrorists among us. After all, there were people carrying assault rifles to rallies that President Obama had last year in Arizona.

    Rep. Gifford barely won re-election over a Tea Party candidate in November.

    The only conclusion that I will jump – for now – to is that a madman attacked innocent people in Arizona. Plus, it is past time for civility to be demanded in political discourse.

  • Jim B

    I noted the comments on Post web site basically were where liberals were outraged that wingnuts may be responsible and the wingnuts were outraged that they may be blamed. I guess the wingnuts never pay attention to what they say. Threatening people with 2nd amendment solutions doesn’t mean what it says it means.

  • on her Facebook page:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her family and everyone who has been impacted personally by this horrific attack. I have the privilege of knowing Rep Giffords and her husband. She is an incredible public servant and a wonderful human being. This is an absolutely unbelievable tragedy.

  • on his Facebook page:

    I am deeply grieved and saddened to hear that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was brutally attacked. Teri and I pray for those who lost their lives, those who were wounded and their families.

  • weighs in:

    The terrible act of violence in Arizona has left us all aghast. It is a sad day for America and our thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Giffords and all the victims of this tragedy.

    The facts of this criminal act are still to be determined, but we thoroughly condemn what happened in Arizona today. We must all reaffirm that there is no place in our country for violent attacks of this kind on public servants or any citizen for any reason.

    I know that I speak for our entire Democratic family in saying that my heart goes out to the victims of today’s shooting and to the families of those who have perished as a result of this act of violence. My prayers continue to be with those who have suffered from and are responding to today’s tragic event in Arizona.

  • aznew

    whether this guy was a Tea Partier or not, but regardless, the Right Wing, again, has blood on their hands as far as I am concerned.

    Michelle Bachman says her tears are flowing over Giffords. I’m sure they are. I am sure Michelle Bachman is heartbroken. I believe she and Giffords were friends, despite their political differences.

    But this is the same Michelle Bachman who said, about Cap and Trade,

    I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us, having a revolution every now and then is a good thing, and the people – we the people – are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States.

    Well, Michelle, do you still want people armed and dangerous?

    I sincerely believe that you feel awful, but do you not see how your words (and similar words and acts of other political leaders, mainly Republicans) that in effect advocate and encourage violence are directly connected to events like this.

    I’m not arguing a direct cause and effect — rather, it is the accumulation of the rhetorical approach you, Sarah Palin and many other Tea Partiers have chosen to advance.

  • aznew

    MSNBC is reporting that a nine-year old child has been killed in the shooting as well. Heartbreaking.

  • NotJohnSMosby

    are the obvious result of several years of blather by Fox News and Friends.  No one should be surprised at all.  

    Now, I’m sure that Faux news will not call this guy a terrorist, and will downplay any and all conservative/teabagger/Republican activities this guy has been associated with.  But, he is a terrorist, and should be treated as such.  There’s a federal judge dead, and regardless of what they say about the Congresswoman, she was shot in the head with the bullet passing through her brain.  This was most certainly an assassination attempt on her life.