Sarah Palin's "Target" Map

On January 8th, 2011, newly reelected Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was holding a meet-and-greet style public appearance, when an individual identified as Jared Lee Loughner walked up to her and shot her in the head. He then began firing indiscriminately into the crowd with a Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol, equipped with a high-capacity magazine of the type which had been made illegal under the Clinton Administration, and later re-legalized under Bush. Congresswoman Giffords survived, but among the 6 dead were a federal judge and a 9 year old girl.

One of the first public figures to issue a statement on the shooting was Sarah Palin, who posted the following on Facebook:

My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today's tragic shooting in Arizona.

On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice.

Examiner.com: Howard Stern blames Sarah Palin crosshairs map: 'they should lock her up'

Howard SternJanuary 10, 2011- Howard Stern says Sarah Palin's crosshairs map, which featured a gun sight focused over Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' district, should land the former governor in jail.

Giffords, a House Democrat from Arizona, was shot with 19 others at a constituent meet and greet in Tucson, Arizona Saturday morning.  Since March 2010, Sarah Palin's website has featured a map of the U.S. with 20 gun scopes to represent 20 House Democrats who voted in favor of Obama's health care bill--including Giffords

Howard Stern fumed over the controversy Monday morning, calling Palin "sickening".

Christian Science Monitor: Lone ranger: Tucson's tough-talking sheriff suddenly has national spotlight

Clarence Dupnik, sheriff of Pima County, called Arizona the 'capitol' of hatred after the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. He's no stranger to controversy. He has said the tea party brings out the 'worst in America' and called Arizona's immigration law 'racist.'

January 10, 2011- Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has been both lauded and lambasted for linking Saturday's mass shooting at an event for US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) to a climate of "prejudice and bigotry" in Arizona and to political "vitriol" across the country. 

Among the people he serves in Tucson, Ariz., however, the controversial comments come as no surprise.

Serious Guns and White Terrorism: Two Unasked Questions in Tucson Mass Murder

By Bill Quigley-

Question: How does a mentally unstable man who was kicked out of school and had run-ins with the law buy such a serious weapon?

The weapon reportedly used in the mass murders in Tucson was a serious weapon - a Glock 19, semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine. Some weapons like that were illegal to sell in the US from 1994 to 2004 under the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. It is now legal to sell and own them. The National Rifle Association reports there are tens of millions of assault weapons in private hands in the US.

The Wrath of Fools: An Open Letter to the Far Right

To:       Palin-lovers, Fox "News," the "mainstream" media, and the Far Right, et al.
From:  William Rivers Pitt
Date:   Monday 10 January 2011
Re:       The blood on your hands

Dear “Patriots,”

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords isn't much older than I am. She served in the Arizona State House of Representatives, and the Arizona State Senate, before being elected to three successive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. She once described herself as a "former Republican," and is today considered a "Blue Dog" Democrat, meaning she holds a number of conservative political positions. This is not terribly surprising, given the generally conservative political bent of the state she has served for the last ten years. She was married four years ago to a space shuttle commander who had served as a Naval aviator, and who flew 39 combat missions in Desert Storm, before volunteering for astronaut training.

Violent Rightwing Rhetoric Doesn't Kill People. People Living in a World Where They Hear A Lot of Violent Rightwing Rhetoric Do

From the Brad Blog:

This flier was circulated in Dallas in the days before John F. Kennedy was assassinated...

Any of that look or sound familiar?

Truthout: Shooting of Jewish Congresswoman Giffords Is Not Just a "Tragedy"

January 9, 2011- It's part of a right-wing assault on government and the liberals and progressives who support it.

Liberals and progressives are hated in many Red States because they support government policies that put restrictions on corporations; challenge the racism, sexism, homophobia and hatred of foreigners that has been part of the traditional conception of what male power; and tend to be insensitive to the legitimate fears that many have about the collapse of families, religious traditions, and the triumph of materialism and selfishness. This last set of concerns is totally valid, and the willingness of liberals and progressives to only see the hateful side of right-wing ideology infuriates many who are drawn to the right not because of hatred of government or because of the various hatreds, but because they feel that their legitimate concerns about the selfishness and looking out for number one are never heard by the Left. Yet, there are a core of haters in the Right, we've seen them not only on Fox t.v., Glenn Beck and company included, but also in the faces of some who were attracted to the Tea Party or who now rally around the anti-immigrant movement.

Truthout: Arizona Shooting Sets Off Debate on Violent Political Rhetoric

January 8, 2011- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) and seventeen others were shot Saturday after a gunman opened fire at a public event in Tucson, law-enforcement sources confirmed. Six people were killed, including a federal judge, an aide to Giffords and a nine-year-old girl.

The 40-year-old Arizona Democrat was shot in the head once at point-blank range and rushed to University Medical Center (UMC). During a press conference Sunday, Dr. Peter Rhee of the University of Arizona Medical Center said that she was out of surgery and in critical condition, but was awake and following commands. Rhee said that he was "very optimistic about recovery."

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