Saturday, January 8, 2011

US Rep Gabrielle Giffords Shot Point Blank in the Head

This isn't good:

"TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) – Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot point blank in the head by a man who opened fire indiscriminately at a constituency meeting in Tucson, U.S. media reported on Saturday.

Giffords, a 40-year-old Democrat in her third term in Congress, was airlifted to a hospital in Tucson shortly after the shooting at a Safeway supermarket in the Arizona city.

"She is currently in surgery. She's alive," University Medical Center spokeswoman Darci Slaten told Reuters. Slaten added that nine other shooting victims were being treated at the hospital.

NPR, citing the sheriff's office in Pima County, Arizona, initially reported that Giffords and six others had died in the shooting, though it later said there were conflicting reports."

Quick Take:

Let's hope this is just a random isolated incident.  My gut tells me that it isn't.  The shooter was white and in his mid to late 20's according to news reports.

This is tragic and my heart goes out to her family.  Washington DC better wake up and get their priorities straight because 20% of this country is unemployed and they are getting restless.

Social unrest is a virtual certainty when this many people feel like they have no future. 

I will wait for more details before commenting any further.


Anonymous said...

overall this is not good at all. She was one of the congresswomen that Sarah Palin/ teapartiers "targeted" for this election. The controversy at the time was the "targeted" congresspeople were shown in a set of crosshairs.

Looks like someone finally took out the target...

getyourselfconnected said...

I am amazed how social unrest has not come to the US when it should (not like this of course!). I think it was some nut and what a mess. Very sad.

Jeff said...

Very sad

Couldn't agree more.

Unfortunately as anon said, this is going to get really political and it shouldn't.

This was a whack job that is affiliated with no one as far as I can tell.

That being said we need more details IMO.

Anonymous said...

Gerald Celente: "When people have nothing left to lose, they lose it!"

Jeff said...

Scary stuff isn't it Hansi?