Starting a new thread on this to make it easier to follow latest updates.
Here’s something sickening, the AP mentions Sarah Palin four times in one article on the Giffords shooting.
Giffords has drawn the ire of the right in the last year, especially from politicians like Sarah Palin over her support of the health care bill.
Her Tucson office was vandalized a few hours after the House voted to approve the health care law in March, with someone either kicking or shooting out a glass door and window. In an interview after the vandalism, Giffords referred to the animosity against her by conservatives. Palin listed Giffords’ seat as one of the top “targets” in the midterm elections because of the lawmakers’ support for the health care law.
“For example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action,” Giffords said in an interview with MSNBC.
In the hours after the shooting, Palin issued a statement in which she expressed her “sincere condolences” to the family of Giffords and the other victims.
Update: American traitor Jane Fonda blames Giffords shooting on Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck.
Update: The NY Times’ Paul Krugman blames it on the right.
(NYT) — A Democratic Congresswoman has been shot in the head; another dozen were also shot.
We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was. She’s been the target of violence before. And for those wondering why a Blue Dog Democrat, the kind Republicans might be able to work with, might be a target, the answer is that she’s a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona, precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist. (Her father says that “the whole Tea Party” was her enemy.) And yes, she was on Sarah Palin’s infamous “crosshairs” list.
Just yesterday, Ezra Klein remarked that opposition to health reform wasgetting scary. Actually, it’s been scary for quite a while, in a way that already reminded many of us of the climate that preceded the Oklahoma City bombing.
You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.
Update: I see that Sarah Palin has called the shooting “tragic”. OK, a bit of history: right-wingers went wild over anyone who called 9/11 a tragedy, insisting that it wasn’t a tragedy, it was an atrocity.
Update: Sheriff’s Dept surrounds home of alleged suspect:
(KVOA.com) — Pima County Sheriff’s deputies have surrounded what is believed to be the home of the suspect in this morning’s tragic shooting that has claimed the lives of 6 people, including a federal judge and a young girl, and left Gabrielle Giffords and at least a dozen others injured.
AP News sources reported earlier today that Jared Loughner, 22, was the suspected shooter. News 4 located his home, and found a number of law enforcement officials outside.
Neighbors in the area say that they have seen the believed suspect, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, around the neighborhood a few times, but he didn’t associate with anyone, or talk with anyone.
Update: Check this out via the NY correspondent for Britain’s The Telegraph. Unreal…
Update: The Arizona Daily Star is reporting that the suspect was “very disturbed,” had previous minor run-ins with the law and had been rejected by the Army:
First Sgt. Brian Homme, who oversees Army recruiting in Tucson, said Loughner applied to enlist in December 2008 and was sent to Phoenix to take a test and physical. But “he was found to be unqualified so he never joined the Army,” Homme said.
He declined to say why Loughner was rejected, citing confidentiality laws.
Update: Video of Congresswoman Giffords reading the Constitution on the House Floor.
Update: Federal Judge John Roll had attended Representative Giffords’ event after attending Mass to thank her.
(WSJ) — The federal judge who was shot dead Saturday at a political event in Tucson, Arizona, was there to thank U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords for backing his effort to get more judicial support for the swelling numbers of immigration cases in his district, according to two U.S. federal judges.
In an interview, Michael Hawkins, U.S. Circuit Court Judge of the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, said Judge John Roll had recently asked Ms. Giffords to sign a letter to Alex Kozinsky, the chief judge of the Ninth Circuit, to help convince the court to declare his federal judicial district a judicial emergency due to the high number of immigration and border control cases that were being heard in that district.
Update: Oh brother. Lefty site Firedoglake plays the “pity the poor shooter, he’s insane” card and then goes on to blame the right for his insanity. The thrust of their argument:
“I would caution against implying any politics to someone who appears so disturbed, as his interpretation of political symbols and phrases are interpreted in a highly idiosyncratic and irrational way. However, if he were susceptible to violence, then the targets available by the given society, i.e., the rhetoric out there in the society, would have pointed him towards liberals, leftists, Muslims, or other minorities, and that kind of rhetoric has mainly been from the right-wing, as has been copiously commented upon.”
Update: I read about a second suspect being sought earlier today but was reluctant to post because it wasn’t sourced.
(Tucson Weekly) — Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik says that law enforcement has a reason to believe another person is involved in the shootings of Judge John Roll, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others today.
“We’re not convinced that he acted alone,” he said at a news conference at Westward Look resort.
Update: Sheriff Dupnik’s holding a press conference (he’s a lefty, refused to enforce Arizona’s immigration law). Blames shooting on “vitriol coming out of certain people.” We all know who he’s talking about. More to follow.
Update: Video of this pathetic Sheriff exploiting today’s tragedy to slander the right. Scumbag. Scumbag. Scumbag.
HT: Milton/Florida Girl
Update: This just in — Ezra Klein plays armchair psychiatrist on the interwebs.
This was not an organized act of political violence, or even a rational one. Loughner’s statements were clearly insane, and though his ravings contained some political content, it is not political content that either side of the spectrum would easily recognize as their own. “I’m able to control every belief and religion by being the mind-controller” is not the comment of a sane man.
In the first hours after the shooting, however, we didn’t know that. And it was scarily easy to tell a story in which an upset citizen had taken the exhortations various political leaders had made in recent years too literally. A lot of the attention focused on Sarah Palin’s call to “Commonsense Conservatives and lovers of America: Don’t retreat, Instead — RELOAD!” That was linked to a map in which gunsights were placed on the districts of various vulnerable Democrats. One of them was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s. “It’s time to take a stand” was written across the top of the map.
But Palin wasn’t alone in using violent imagery and rhetoric to rouse her supporters. Sharron Angle, in a radio interview, warned that “if Congress keeps it up, people may find themselves resorting to Second Amendment remedies.” Rep. Michele Bachmann said she wanted Minnesotans “armed and dangerous” in opposition to cap-and-trade. Jesse Kelly, who ran against Giffords in 2010, held a gun-themed fundraiser. The pitch read: “Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office, shoot a fully automatic M-16 with Jesse Kelly.”
I’m not suggesting that any of these individuals really meant to advocate for any acts of violence. In fact, I’m sure all of them are sick to their stomachs tonight. And there is, for us and for them, comfort that today’s events do not seem to have been an act of calculated political intent so much as an act of mental derangement.
Update: Suspicious package found at Representative Giffords office.
(KVOA) — Police have confirmed that a suspicious package has been found outside Gabrielle Giffords’ office, and a bomb squad is being called in to investigate.
People holding a vigil outside the office have been pushed well away from the area, while the investigation determines the nature of this package, and what threat it may cause
Update: CYA — Pima Community College’s Statement on the Shooter
PCC records indicate that Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in custody in connection to today’s terrible mass shooting, is a former PCC student who voluntarily withdrew from the College on Oct. 4, 2010. Loughner was a PCC student from Summer 2005 through Fall 2010, when he was suspended for Code of Conduct violations. The College’s Code of Conduct is availablehere.
From February to September 2010, Loughner had five contacts with PCC police for classroom and library disruptions at Northwest and West campuses. On September 29, 2010, College police discovered on YouTube a Loughner-filmed video made at Northwest Campus. In the video, he claims that the College is illegal according to the U.S. Constitution, and makes other claims.
Working with legal counsel, College administration issued a letter of immediate suspension on September 29, 2010. That evening, two police officers delivered the letter of suspension to the student at his and his parents’ residence and spoke with the student and his parents.
The suspension letter indicated that he was to contact the Northwest Campus to schedule an appointment to discuss the Code of Conduct process and suspension status. Other than for this appointment, he was prohibited from returning to the College.
Loughner and his parents met Northwest Campus administrators October 4, 2010. During this meeting Loughner indicated he would withdraw from the College. A follow-up letter was sent to him October 7, 2010 indicating that if he intends to return to the College, he must resolve his Code of Conduct violations and obtain a mental health clearance indicating, in the opinion of a mental health professional, his presence at the College does not present a danger to himself or others.
Update: No surprise here. NOW lynches Conservatives for shooting:
The president of the top pro-abortion lobby group National Organization for Women went so far as to openly blame “extreme right-wing opponents” hours after the shooting, chastising Republican leaders and calling for a Justice Department investigation “to the fullest extent of federal anti-terrorist legislation” to determine whether the shooting was “part of a conspiracy.”
“Conservatives cannot have it both ways, screaming sexist, racist and homophobic slurs at legislators as they vote for health care reform, putting legislators on a violence-inciting ‘Targets’ list, and then simply saying how sorry they are when someone explodes into murder,” declared NOW president Terry O’Neill in a statement emailed to supporters.
Update: Suspicious package at Rep. Giffords’ office “no threat to public safety”
(FNC) — A loud noise has rattled more than 100 people attending a candle light vigil outside the headquarters of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, where authorities were investigating a suspicious package Saturday.
Police department spokesman Lt. Fabian Pacheco said an officer checking Giffords’ office in Tucson had found “a real strange” device that he said resembled a coffee can and had writing on it. Pacheco would not disclose what the writing said.
A bomb squad had been working to render the device safe before the loud noise was heard. Authorities did not say if the noise was caused by contents within the package or from authorities’ efforts to destroy the device and render it safe.
Pacheco said there was no threat to public safety.
Update: Film Critic Roger Ebert joins the Left-wing Palin lynch mob:
Update: Hold onto your seats for the shock of your lives. Olberdouche is blaming (wait for it) . . . Sarah Palin!. . .
Update: Michael Moore adds his mindless bile to the Palin Hatefest: