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Old 8th January 2011, 11:09 AM   #1
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Rep. Giffords Shot In Tucson

My mother called me a few minutes ago from the area in Tucson and said there was a massive amount of police, helicopters, and ambulances. She wanted to know if I had heard anything. Then on the radio I heard that Rep. Giffords was giving a talk and a gunman walked up and began shooting. Between 5 and 6 people shot.

So far all I can find on the web are tweets. Not much detail on this. I hope that she and her staff are alright.

http://twitter.com/#!/cityoftucsonaz
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Old 8th January 2011, 11:11 AM   #2
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Republican or Democrat?
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Old 8th January 2011, 11:16 AM   #3
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Republican or Democrat?
Giffords is a Democrat.
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Old 8th January 2011, 11:17 AM   #4
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Giffords in a Dem from CD8. My district. She just ran her third successful campaign for congress beating Jesse Kelly....I think. News is breaking as I type this.

Semi auto pistol
7 shot
2 dead unconfirmed
Giffords definitely shot
Holding a "congress on the corner event"
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Old 8th January 2011, 11:19 AM   #5
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Giffords in a Dem from CD8. My district. She just ran her third successful campaign for congress beating Jesse Kelly....I think. News is breaking as I type this.

Semi auto pistol
7 shot
2 dead unconfirmed
Giffords definitely shot
Holding a "congress on the corner event"
not good. is the perp dead?

I hope he lives, so we can find out if he was a fan of Alex Jones or some other ass.
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Old 8th January 2011, 11:21 AM   #6
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Is she a controversial politician?
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Old 8th January 2011, 11:23 AM   #7
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Nothing on CNN.

Or MSNBC.

Hoax?

Showing up on CNN website just now. Not TV.
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Old 8th January 2011, 11:29 AM   #8
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Most stories are quoting one on NPR. The scariest is the Tuscon Citizen saying she was shot point-blank in the head but the site has apprently crashed so all you see is the lede on google:

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08, 2011, under Headline news US Congresswoman Gabby Giffords from Tucson has just been shot point blank in the head on the north side of Tucson.
Google Search (top link)
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Old 8th January 2011, 11:36 AM   #9
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More news. Giffords shot. As many as 12 people transported to hospital. Injuries unknown.

Her latest campaign was quite nasty here. There are people who believe she is a socialist/commie and the such. Lots of very negative hit adds regarding her and her family. Most of the ads were paid for by money from outside Arizona. Her and Grijalva both had intense (successful) campaigns against tea party backed candidates.

ETA - Fox news AZ says the gunman is in custody! Yea!
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Old 8th January 2011, 11:43 AM   #10
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Disgruntled ex perhaps?
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Old 8th January 2011, 11:49 AM   #11
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Just heard a bystander tackled the gunman! Good to see someone kept their head on their shoulder to prevent his escape. This is going to be an interesting day here in Tucson.

I don't pray so forgive the wording but my prayers are with those victims.
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Old 8th January 2011, 11:51 AM   #12
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Abortion or immigration?

I'm betting in addition to old fashioned "Crazy," one of those is going to be the big issue.

As always, we need to wait for more information, but given the tone of the country, especially the last election, I'm surprised something like this didn't happen earlier.

This is a tragic event that we can only hope will be isolated.
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Old 8th January 2011, 11:56 AM   #13
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Abortion or immigration?

I'm betting in addition to old fashioned "Crazy," one of those is going to be the big issue.
Undoubtedly a Second Amendment Superhero also.
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The long jump to conclusions begins!!!
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Undoubtedly a Second Amendment Superhero also.
I just hope it wasn't some bat-**** Mexican guy. That racial component would overwhelm any subtlety to the issue and lead to one hell of a backlash.
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new update from NPR radio.

Giffords shot in the head...
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Old 8th January 2011, 12:02 PM   #17
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The long jump to conclusions begins!!!
No one is jumping to a conclusion, just offering speculation. It's possible this guy is some disgruntled leftist or, as someone else mentioned, this could be completely personal. We'll find out soon enough. There's just nothing else to do but wonder right now.

The political component to this is obvious. IT was an assassination. No matter who perpetrated the event, whatever broad political group this nut assigns himself to will be unjustly slandered.

I think we can all agree that hyperbolic ********* about "communism" and "destroying America" and whatever else gets hurled around cannot help.

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Let the long jump to speculation begin!!! Better?
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just heard this on cbc radio.
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Taken to University medical center, less than a mile from my house. Also she is reported to be alive!!!

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rep-g...ry?id=12571452
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I hope it was a Tea-Bagger, Birther, or Truther.
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Old 8th January 2011, 12:06 PM   #22
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Abortion or immigration?

I'm betting in addition to old fashioned "Crazy," one of those is going to be the big issue.

As always, we need to wait for more information, but given the tone of the country, especially the last election, I'm surprised something like this didn't happen earlier.

This is a tragic event that we can only hope will be isolated.
Muslim?
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Let the long jump to speculation begin!!! Better?
Yep.
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At least four people are dead, University Medical Center spokesman Darci Slaten said. They were among five to seven people who were being treated.

The Pima County Sheriff's Office confirmed that it is investigating a multiple shooting at a Safeway in north Tucson at Ina and Oracle.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articl...fords-brk.html
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Jesus, she was shot point blank in the head.

I am agnostic, but I am still praying for her and her family.




http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110108/..._congresswoman
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Muslim?
Could be. Maybe we should lay odds.
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Maybe we should wait for more info.
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NPR reporting she has died.

Congresswoman, 6 Others, Killed By Gunman
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New update. Sheriff's office has confirmed that Giffords and 6 others are dead. This is awful.

Suspect in custody described as in his late teens or early 20's
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New update. Sheriff's office has confirmed that Giffords and 6 others are dead. This is awful.
very very bad.

very not good. very sad day for the American people. flags across the country will no doubt be at half-mast.

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I'm sick to my stomach.
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Apparently she was on Sarah Palin's "list" about health care.
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In a website launched on Thursday, the six-month anniversary of the health care law, Palin puts a bull's-eye on 20 House districts under a headline that reads, "We've diagnosed the problem…Help us prescribe the solution."

Included among Palin's Democratic targets: North Dakota's at-large Rep. Earl Pomeroy, Southeast Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello.
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Title of OP should now be changed to "shot and killed".
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I'm sick to my stomach.
This was an exciting story at first. Now I just feel empty.
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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

Anybody nearby know any more details on this sad event?

Makes this look rather ill-judged.
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So did she have any controversial positions? I remember hearing about her before but can't really remember from where...
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Fascinating, how Gifford's target is now gone. You can go to the map and move over the targets, and get a name.

And the list of candidates is no longer available.

Sarah Palin, you are a real bitch. I hope you are happy with what's been done.


rifle scopes.....targeting politicians you don't like. is this NOT encitement to assault/murder? sure looks that way to me.

and why the **** is this map even still up????????????????????

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This was an exciting story at first. Now I just feel empty.
What exactly was exciting to you about a shooting?
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So did she have any controversial positions?
yeah, she dared to support health-care reform.

so Palin made a website targeting her and others for....something.
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NPR says 6 people died.

I went to hear Patty Murray here in WA and I was shocked frankly at how easy it would have been to do something similar. Murray was 20 feet away and no one was even monitoring who walked in the door. This was only a matter of time given the right wing and Tea Party rhetoric. Even if this was a psychotic schizophrenic and not an idiot who took the right wing lies to heart, it's going to a big shock if the rhetoric is not behind this.
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