Five Shot in Tucson: Federal Judge Dies, Arizona Rep. Shot
Tim King Salem-News.com
Killer is caught; A nine year old girl was shot and killed. Arizona State Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head. She survived the shooting and immediately was transported and went into surgery.
Judge John Roll was killed; Arizona State Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot but survived the shooting.
(TUCSON, Ariz.) - Tragedy erupts in Arizona; a 22-year old man opened fire in Tucson, killing at least five including Judge John Roll. In 2009, he was the subject of an article in Slate about judges whose lives are threatened over controversial decisions.
The deadly shooting happened at a Tucson Safeway supermarket at 7110 N Oracle Road, where a "Congress on Your Corner" event was held shortly after 10:00 a.m. today by Democratic U.S. House Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was struck by a bullet in the head. She survived the shooting and immediately was transported with the others wounded and went into surgery. Rep. Giffords’ district supervisor was among the dead. US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband is veteran astronaut Mark Kelly, who is scheduled to command the planned launch of Endeavour on 1 April, to the International Space Station.
Among the victims, a nine year old girl was shot and killed. She is reported to be the only child who was shot.
Twelve people were taken to a hospital; five are in critical condition and were undergoing surgery at last report. Five others have less severe injuries. The number of people shot dead is reportedly six.
The AP has identified the gunman as Jared Laughner. The suspect was taken into custody the shooting.
A person using his name also located in Tucson’s Eighth Congressional District, posted a video clip with words in simple text that CNBC termed an "rambling Internet manifesto" accusing the government of mind control and demanding a new currency. It concludes with this paragraph:
"In conclusion, my ambition - is for informing literate dreamers about a new currency; in a few days, you know I'm conscience dreaming! Thank you!" (Link here)
Officials say that if this is today's shooter, it seems clear that he had suffer from mental instability. At this point it is too soon to be sure. One of the biggest problems police have, is that they don't necessarily think this man was acting alone.
Authorities were investigating the possibility that the suspect who killed six people and wounded 13 more outside a Tucson grocery story, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, did not act alone.
Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said a 22-year-old was in custody after the shooting rampage. He would not identify the suspect, but people familiar with the investigation said he was Jared Loughner.
Officials say he has claimed sole responsibility for the attack, but said authorities were "not convinced he acted alone," Dupnik said.
FOX News has been investigating the shooter's criminal background record, and it isn't much of one. Jared Lee Loughner was arrested one day before his 19th birthday in 2007 arrest for possessing drug paraphernalia and two other minor infractions.
Fox News also learned that Loughner was cited in 2007 for running a stop sign. This happened three months after his drug arrest. Pretty routine stuff.
A more interesting developing aspect, it is being reported that Jared Lee Loughner was a military recruit at the military induction center in Phoenix.
Arizona's Divided Politics
As for Gabrielle Giffords; she is considered a bright spot in a state that has been the scene of intense political division in recent years.
It has not been established whether the shooter Loughner was associated with a rival political faction like the 'Tea Party' movement which clearly stands in opposition to the ideals of a Democrat like Giffords.
Plus, she is Jewish which makes her unique among her peers. The Jewish Women's Archive was quick to bring up anti-Semitism, and they may be on target, considering what the shooter claimed to keep in his library, according to the Facebook page under his name:
From the Jewish Women's Archive:
It may be too early to suggest that the attack was motivated by anti-Semitism, however, Jared Laughner lists "Mein Kampf" as one of his favorite books on his Youtube channel. His videos, full of anti-government zealotry and paranoia, are disturbing.
Other favorite books listed by Loughner include One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver's Travels, (Mein Kampf), The Republic, and Meno. People who rally for the rights of Palestinians and the prison population of Gaza are human activists, not anti-Semitic; however those who favor Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler's book, likely meet the qualification.
However another point being made in reports that is hard to dispute, is anyone seriously trying to claim that they favor Hitler's book along with The Communist Manifesto, has to have not the slightest idea of what they are talking about, as he favors totally opposing philosophies.
Regarding the heated political aspect, Reuters wrote today:
The motives of the alleged shooter, who wounded Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six people in Tucson, are not known and they may not be political. But politics nevertheless loom large in the wake of the shooting.
The spark in Arizona's political firestorm was the border state's move to crack down on illegal immigration last summer, a bill proposed by conservative lawmakers and signed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer.
The law known as SB 1070 "superheated the political divide more than I've ever seen it in Arizona," said Bruce Merrill, a longtime political analyst and pollster at Arizona State University.
For her part, it is clear that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was making an effort to connect with voters in Arizona.
This is from the US Representative's Website:
“Congress on Your Corner” allows residents of Arizona’s 8th Congressional District to meet their congresswoman one-on-one and discuss with her any issue, concern or problem involving the federal government.
Giffords has hosted numerous “Congress on Your Corner” events since taking office in January 2007.
As in the past, the congresswoman’s staff will be available to assist constituents.
Previous “Congress on Your Corner” events in Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Sierra Vista, and Douglas have attracted between 75 and 150 people.
For the media, “Congress on Your Corner” is an excellent opportunity to view the congresswoman interacting with constituents or ask questions about any topic.
This Saturday’s “Congress Your Corner” comes at the conclusion of the first week of the 112th Congress. Giffords took the oath of office for a third term on Wednesday and on Thursday she participated in a reading of the U.S. Constitution on the floor of the House.
Among the congresswoman’s first official acts this week was a vote for Speaker of the House and the introduction of legislation to cut congressional salaries by 5 percent. Giffords was interviewed about her bill this morning on Fox news.
It seems fair to conclude that this will probably take politicians further out of site and security levels will probably be adjusted everywhere. You don't have to live in Pakistan to fall victim to an extremist's deadly weapon.
John McCarthy Roll - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
U.S. REP. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS TO HOST FIRST “CONGRESS ON YOUR CORNER” OF THE YEAR ON SATURDAY - giffords.house.gov
Jan-08-2011: Federal judge killed in AZ; congresswoman shot; surgeon optimistic for her survival, shooter ID’d - Jay Bookman blogs.ajc.com
Jan-08-2011: Cops: Giffords Shooter May Not Have Acted Alone - cbsnews.com
Jan-08-2011: Arizona Shooting Suspect's Record Showed Minor Offenses Since 2007
Jan-08-2011: Internet manifesto may be linked to Arizona shooter - CNBC
Jan-08-2011: Bitter politics of Arizona loom over shooting reuters.com
Jan-08-2011: Jewish Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot, may pull through - by Leah Berkenwald Jewesses with Attitude
Jan-08-2011: Home / News / Local / CrimeMan linked to Giffords shooting rampage called 'very disturbed' - By Tim Steller Arizona Daily Star
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