Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Congresswoman Giffords Shot

I just heard about this:
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at point-blank range today outside a Tucson, Ariz., grocery store where she was holding a campaign event, law enforcement sources told ABC News.
Giffords was among as many as 12 people reportedly wounded in the shooting, and according to Congressional sources, several people on the Deomcrat's staff were among the wounded.

She was taken to University Medical Center, where a hospital spokesman confirmed she was alive. But the extent and seriousness of her injuries were not being released.
The shooter is reportedly in custody.
As I wrote this, it has been reported that Rep. Giffords has died.  Several others were shot in the incident.  CNN is reporting "at least 12" including Giffords, and at least three others have died.


UPDATE 1:00 PM:  The news is now reporting that Giffords is NOT dead, but seriously wounded.  Thirteen shot, six are dead.

2:00 PM update:  UMC Press conference announcement - UMC received ten gunshot patients, one died - a "young child about nine years old." A girl.  Damn.  Giffords is out of surgery for "a through-and-through injury" to the head, but the surgeon giving the report stated that he believed she would survive.  Five others are stable, five are in surgery - which doesn't work out mathematically, but it seemed a bit rushed.  Bottom line, one child dead, Giffords should survive.  I expect her recovery will take some time.

4:00 Update:  Had to take the dog to the vet.  She got into something she shouldn't have.  They have released the name of the shooter:  Jared Lee Loughner.  He's not, apparently, an agent of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.  I still haven't heard a hard certain number of victims, but it appears that at least five have died, including a federal district judge and the young girl mentioned previously.

8:15 Update:  OK, according to the Pima County Sheriff, nineteen (19) people were shot. Six are dead, five are critical (including Giffords) and five are in serious condition.  Perp used a "semi-automatic weapon."  Rumors are it was a Glock. There were no other shooters.  Two people tackled the shooter after he ran out of ammo.  Apparently he didn't save one for himself.  The shooter, based on his YouTube, MySpace and Facebook pages is well past a half-bubble off plumb.  People he went to high school with remember him as "lefty" in his politics, but who knows, that can change with time.  There is little doubt that this was an assassination attempt.  The reasoning behind it could be political or it could be that the Giant Twinkie told him to.  Or the command was hidden in a secret code in Mein Kampf that only he was able to decipher.  It apparently went down pretty rapidly, and Giffords was one of, if not the first of the victims, then he apparently opened up on the crowd until he ran out of ammo.  The Sheriff's department is seeking another person, male, who is believed to have transported the shooter to the site.  That person's identity is not known, or if it is, they aren't saying.

The Pima County Sheriff, Clarence Dupnik (among others) is blaming the attack on the "inflammatory rhetoric" in politics today.  Expect to see this as the emergent Media Narrative over the next days and weeks. 

You don't really think that JournoList went away, do you?

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