Monday, January 10, 2011
Gabrielle Giffords Shot
Sarah Palin and right wing inflammatory rhetoric are being blamed for the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords which left 6 dead, including a federal judge and a nine year old child. And the hatred runs deep.
Giffords criticised Palin last year for putting herself and 19 other Democrats on a hit list, each person shown in crosshairs. Palin has distanced herself from the shooting and so have other members of the Tea Party movement.
Giffords is the first Jewish woman elected to congress from Arizona. The National Jewish Democratic Council said "It is fair to say in today's political climate - and given today's political rhetoric - that many have contributed to the building levels of vitriol in our political discourse that has surely contribued to the atmosphere in which this event transpired." Giffords's father was more direct. When asked if his daughter had any enemies, he said "Yeah, the whole Tea Party."
Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said "When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government - the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country, is getting to be outrageous. And unfortunately, Arizona I think, has become the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry."
The new speaker of the house confirmed that controversial legislation scheduled for this week is to be postponed. It included the proposal to repeal Barack Obama's healthcare reform, the single issue that Gabrielle Giffords was most passionately associated with.