Congresswoman Giffords Shot in AZ

UPDATE, 12:57 p.m., CST, Jan. 8, 2011: Jason Pekau, an employee of a Sprint store near the Safeway grocery store where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot, tells CNN by phone that he sees at least two dead bodies covered in sheets at the scene. He says he heard 15 to 20 shots in rapid succession. He also quotes an unidentified policeman saying that six people were killed in the shooting. Other reports indicate that a suspect was tackled as he tried to run from the scene, and that at least 12 people were shot.

UPDATE, 12:53 p.m., CST, Jan. 8, 2011: NPR reports Giffords was shot in the head.

Call me unfair. I may be completely wrong. But a Blue Dog Democratic Congresswoman is shot in Arizona. Does anyone else’s mind flash immediately to the incendiary, teary-eyed and panic-stricken Glenn Beck?

Early reports of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords are sketchy. No one has yet reported a condition on any victims, which number anywhere from five to 12, including several of Giffords’ staffers.

Giffords, 40, won election in 2006 as the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S Congress.

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2 Responses to Congresswoman Giffords Shot in AZ

  1. John Ericson says:

    Kevin – since you won’t let anyone add comments to your FB post of this, I just had to come over here and say a couple things.

    Are you kidding me? Glenn Beck? Have you ever watched/heard what is presented via TV/Radio? NON-VIOLENCE – how can you link this to a conservative movement at all unless you have fully investigated this man’s background? Would your statement be very stupid if this man ended up being a far left person that was upset because the woman was not far enough left? I suppose just throw crap out there and see if it sticks to someone that you don’t agree with? Believe me, I don’t agree with everything that Beck or a bunch of the far right conservatives say, but if something bad happens I don’t immediately point to Alan Colmes for insighting violence againt a conservative!

  2. There are comments posted to my Facebook page, so I don’t know what you mean. But thanks for sounding off here.

    I don’t know if this guy is linked to Beck’s rhetoric or not. You’re right. And I didn’t say he was. I just said that when I heard about this, my mind flashed immediately onto Beck and his overwrought and panicked rhetoric. That happens to be a fact. That is where my mind went. That is where my suspicions immediately took me.

    Here’s Beck himself, from Jan. 4, 2011:

    “The left wants a violent revolution. Tonight, I am going to issue my own call for a revolution. Except this call is for a personal revolution. And let it begin right now.”

    “Personal revolution” does not mean “nonviolent.”

    And there is this:

    “Saying that ‘it is your patriotic duty to stop’ someone who is thinking or talking about turning violent, Glenn Beck staged a scene in which he gave a glass of wine to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and then said, “I put poison in your — no, I — I look forward to all the policy discussions that we’re supposed to have.’”

    It’s a little like John Lennon the Beatles’ “Revolution I”: “When you talk about destruction / don’t you know that you can count me out (in).”

    Which message is the real one?

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