Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords with Senior Citizens
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Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot today outside a Tucson Safeway supermarket; fourteen other people were wounded and six killed, including federal judge John Roll, during the assassination attempt on Giffords. Representative Giffords was featured on Sarah Palin’s infamous “crosshairs” map, which targeted legislators who voted for President Obama’s health care bill. This was the map that was roundly criticized as an incitement to violence.
Giffords, a third-term legislator, supported President Obama’s health care reform bill. This earned her a place on the map, posted by Sarah Palin’s Political Action Committe, that literally put Democrats in the cross-hairs of guns last spring after the bill passed. “Don’t retreat, instead-RELOAD!” was how Palin introduced the map to her Tea Party followers on Twitter. Days later, a vandal smashed the glass door of Rep. Giffords’ Tucson office. Giffords’ father stated that members of the Tea Party “always threatened” his daughter.
Giffords’ Tea Party opponent in the 2010 election, Jesse Kelly, went even further with the violent rhetoric. Kelly’s campaign held an event called “Get on Target for Victory in November.” Description of the event: “Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.”
President Obama has called for a nationwide moment of silence at 11 a.m. on Monday, the White House announced Sunday. “Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. eastern standard time, I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives,” the president said in a statement. “It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.”
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