Congresswoman Gabby Giffords Shot "Point Blank In The Head" At Town Hall Event In Tucson

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From Breaking News: Local media is reporting Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, a Democrat, was shot ‘point blank in the head at a town-hall like event in northern Tucson. Is this the beginning?

Update from NBC News:  Dem Party in Tucson saying Giffords taken to hospital, 5 others also shot. Shooter apparently in custody.

Update 2: from Fox Phoenix: 12 people shot at Gabby Giffords community meeting. Congresswoman among the injured, while CNN reports 6 dead and 15 wounded.

Update 3: NPR confirms Gifford has died.

Update 4: Reuters refuting the previous NPR news, and states that Giffords is still alive, in surgery, nine other patients brought in from shooting, per a hospital spokeswoman

The best coverage of this event we have found so far is, ironically, on Sky News:

And now it gets pathetically political: Breaking news reports that a liberal blogger blames Sarah Palin for Gabrielle Giffords assasination attempt.

“F*** it. I’m going there” One liberal blogger wrote on Saturday
after news of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot dead in point
blank range at a Tuscon rally. The blogger TBogg
blamed former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin for the congresswoman’s
death after Palin named Giffords as one of her ‘targets’ during the 2010
mid-term elections. Palin was caught in controversy when she published on her Facebook
page a graphic that showed several ‘target’ districts, including
Giffords 8th district in Arizona.

Gawker has provided a description of the shooter:

A gunman indiscriminately fired into a crowd at a gathering for Democratic representative Gabrielle Giffords outside a Safeway in Tucson, Arizona this morning. Giffords and at least five others were shot, according to NPR. The gunman was tackled and arrested.

Update: We spoke to an eyewitness, Steven Rayle who
was on the scene at the time of the shooting and helped to hold the
suspect down while waiting for police. Here's what he said:

The event was very informal: Gifford had set up a table outside the
Safeway and about 20-30 people were gathered to talk to her. The gunman,
who may have come from inside the Safeway, walked up and shot Gifford
in the head first. According to Rayle, who is a former ER doctor,
Gifford was able to move her hands after being shot.

After shooting Gifford, the gunman opened fire indiscriminately for a
few seconds, hitting a number of people, including a kid no older than
10 years old. Rayle hid behind a concrete pole and pretended to be dead.
When the gunman apparently ran out of ammunition he attempted to flee,
but a member of Gifford's staff tackled him. The Rayle helped hold him
down while waiting for the sheriff to arrive, about 15-or 20 minutes
later. 30 minutes later the EMS came. Rayle said he was "stunned" by how
long it took medical help to arrive.

The man was young, mid-to-late 20s, white clean-shaven with short
hair and wearing dark clothing and said nothing during the shooting or
while being held down. He didn't look like a businessman, but more of a
"fringe character," our source said.

From Giffrods Wikipedia page:

Gabrielle Giffords (born June 8, 1970) is the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 8th congressional district. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

She is the only member of the U.S. Congress whose spouse, astronaut Mark E. Kelly, is an active duty member of the U.S. military.[1]

Giffords is known as a strong proponent of solar energy as well as for her work to secure the border with Mexico.[2] [3]

Giffords was first sworn in as a congresswoman on January 3, 2007.
She is the third woman in Arizona's history to be elected to serve in
the U.S. Congress. In her inaugural speech on the floor of the House of
Representatives, Giffords said a comprehensive immigration reform
package needs to include modern technology to secure the border, more
border patrol agents, tough employer sanctions for businesses that
knowingly hire illegal immigrants, and a guest-worker program. In her
first month in office, Congresswoman Giffords voted to support increased
federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research, raising the minimum wage, endorsing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission,
and supporting new rules for the House of Representatives targeting
ethical issues. Giffords also voted to repeal subsidies to big oil
companies and invest the savings in renewable energy. "We put our national security at risk by relying on oil from unstable regimes in the Middle East and Latin America," Giffords told her colleagues in a speech on the House floor during debate on the Clean Energy Act. The act repeals $14 billion in subsidies given to oil companies and establishes a Strategic Renewable Energy Reserve to increase research in clean renewable energy, to develop greater energy efficiency, and to improve energy conservation.

During the 2007 session of Congress, Giffords introduced a bill (H.R. 1441)[4] that forbids the sale of F-14 aircraft parts on the open market.[5] She also voted for the contentious May 2007 Iraq Emergency Supplemental Spending bill,
saying, "I cannot, in good conscience, allow the military to run out of
money while American servicemen and women are being attacked every

Giffords is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition and the New Democrat Coalition.

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midtowng's picture

Beginning of what, exactly?

velobabe's picture

show of how pissed off people are. left center right. damn, tucson has some serious housing bubble work to boot†

Armchair Bear's picture

This is what Gerald Celente suggested would be happening soon, as well as the web bot reports - people acting alone, most likely with not much to lose, if anything, "losing it"...

Malcolm Tucker's picture

I agree. Just think of how much more violent things will get when people are hungry:

Charting Bushels & Bernankes:


Winston Smith 2009's picture

There was a post on the Ron Paul blog that it was fake because the page was created today.  Can't confirm now that the page was taken down.

Malcolm Tucker's picture

Thanks for highlighting that. I will do some more digging. 

In the meantime, here is a case against Loughner in AZ in 2008:



jeff montanye's picture

another story quotes the local sheriff as noting that "bigotry" has gotten out of hand, particularly in arizona.  perhaps her being jewish accounts for some of his feelings.  i don't know if it was part of the shooter's motive but it's a possibility.

sawyer's picture

This guy was political motive. Look at these videos.






Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Most likely this was ANOTHER Manchurian candidate-type assassination attempt.  The guy appears to be demented, if not outright nuts from those videos posted.

This will be used to crackdown on political criticism, and politicians will rarely speak to their constituents in public after this, IMO.

Its always better to control the public's perception by creating the incident (attack by  a 'crazy' on a politician) than waiting for the incident to happen, and doing damage control after the fact.

Check out our latest PsychoNews story: Signs of the Apocalypse

Its not that PsychoNews is opposed to looking at the bright side of the economy, its that certain issues must be addressed for real recovery to take place, companies have to be allowed to go bankrupt again (no more Too Big to Fail), mark-to-market accounting has to be brought back (for EVERYONE), US debt has to be defaulted on, manufacturing brought back to North America, (private) central banking outlawed...  Until those things happen every uptick in GDP or fantasy unemployment statistics is meaningless.  The issues of shadow housing inventory (held off the market by banks), unfunded liabilties, government deficits, currency debasement and structural unemployment continue to lurk.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

As a bonus (to the Oligarchy), it looks like the Congresswoman was actually one of the more honest politicians, and not only that, the shooter raves like a lunatic about gold!  This is a dream come true for the elites, just like the 'mysterious' death of John Wheeler a week ago.

drwells's picture

Exactly. Those were my first two thoughts: (1) Of course, they would shoot someone who doesn't even appear to deserve it; and (2) wait'll Fatherland Security gets rolling on this. Just another in a long chain of Reichstag fires.

OldTrooper's picture

Deserve?  In the words of William Munny, "Deserve's got nothing to do with it."  Just being an emperial functionary gives some nut-job ideas.

I fear you are spot on in point 2).

Michael's picture

Things like this that the elites do not control, especially on their time line, are not welcome by the elite. Look for copycats. BTFD in Gold and Silver.

frankoo's picture

Wonder if Angelina Jolee will play her in the movie? May have to have a lip reduction.

infinity8's picture

I find the death of Mr. Wheeler more interesting, indeed. Curiouser and curiouser. . .like the poison didn't get him so they had to do it the hard way. . . very strange. Damned surveillance tapes! Damned cell phones and computers!!

chumbawamba's picture

As long as I have everyone's attention, does anyone know where to score some good bud in downtown Philly?

I am Chumbawamba.

Sudden Debt's picture

Thousands have it in them

Thousands are thinking of doing something like this

There only needs to be 1 who doesn't see the restrictions in it and has nothing to lose.


I personally don't approve the killing of another human being. Not even in war in which I feel the leaders should fight it out amongst themselves.


But anybody who does anything whatsoever must always think about the consequences.

And this is why, I always thought that anyday now a Bank CEO or CFO would get shot in the face which would have much more effect then killing a politician. A death politician is just a casualty of the policy that is set to destroy the people that got them in place.


She doesn't deserve all the attention in the media. A soldier that dies in a government war who fights for something for which he is told is the right thing to do deserve A LOT MORE ATTENTION then this woman who voted against the people and for her wallet.

AnAnonymous's picture

Maybe this woman was told that what she votes is the right thing to vote.


Soldiers are grown up people who join the army by their own decisions. They have an option of turning down an order they do not agree with. Soldiers killed in action does not deserve more attention than this woman. They are the similar mould.

JohnG's picture

"They have an option of turning down an order they do not agree with."

An ILLEGAL order.  They are then arrested and court martialed.  The officer giving the order MAY have the option to shoot the soldier as well.  It can get very sticky.

"Soldiers killed in action does not deserve more attention than this woman. They are the similar mould."

FUCK YOU ASSHOLE.  You show the guts to walk into a war zone and face getting killed before you write somthing that fucking ignorant.

AnAnonymous's picture

As you reminded it, war zones are dangerous places. Keeping the course does not  go easily anywhere. Going on a warzone does not make it easier.

Warzones reveal people and some people can grow displeased with what they discover about themselves and some others. People often like to depict themselves as they are not. War zones and more generally war times are pitiless to them.

During war times, you are generally left alone, confronted with what you are, as you are to deal with situations requiring to put your life on line. You can find comfort in extreme group life, offered by the military, while merging with the group and renegating on your individuality. All of this resulting from decisions. 

Dont go on warzones if you can not cope with the decisions you might be led to take.

As much as you seem to dislike it, the option of turning down an order exists. Pushing up the possible consequences is simply side tracking. Choices always come with consequences. And on warzones, the consequences can be lethal.

A society like the US offers many other options than soldiering.  

Millivanilli's picture

Don't you have something better to do with your time, like shoving your fingers up your ass?

bunkermeatheadprogeny's picture

I was hoping 2011 would be the year of lone assasins.

She voted for TARP, enough said.

I wonder how many anonymous money orders will be mailed to his attorney.

rocker's picture

So, Sharon Angle and Sara Palin would be proud of shooter exercising Second Amendment. 

Are you saying to shoot all who voted for TARP under the Second Amendment?  Where's McCain?

bunkermeatheadprogeny's picture

As for McCain, to quote Palin, "lock n load"

lawrence1's picture

Its not clear what you are saying. 

66Sexy's picture

Do some research. Check out , gives the list of political contributors. Big money from Raytheon, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. Voted for the 2008 bailout and for Obamacare. 


Crisismode's picture

"She voted for TARP, enough said."


Most of Congress voted for TARP -- Democrats and Republicans alike.


People have called for pitchforks, and I think most all of the politicos should be tarred & feathered and run out of DC at the end of a pitchfork, BUT . . . this is a bit much.


If we can't extend the civil right of a trial in front of a jury of peers to even the most despised among us, what does that say about us?


bunkermeatheadprogeny's picture

When money and power usurps democracy and the judiciary, violence of the masses will ultimately usurp money and power. This cylce has been repeating itself for centuries.

digitalhermit's picture

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent change inevitable"

-John F Kennedy

malikai's picture


Kennedy was too smart for his own good.

goldfish1's picture

He may have been a philanderer and worse, but sadly our generation was robbed of a true leader of the people. May the fukks who did it be revisited in spades.

Eric Cartman's picture

Kennedy lived a good life. He was smart, had money and got a lot of tail. 

rocker's picture

Kennedy was killed because he went against the banking cartel we call the FED. He wanted to end it. Sound familiar ?

lawrence1's picture

Excellent... Kennedy was too smart and too independent for the elites.


merehuman's picture

tar, feathers and pitchforks will never happen. Being a wordsmith of empty phrases will not pull  the neccessary trigger. We are all sitting on our hands ,watching our own distruction. If this is too much for you, then you will not regain your freedom

Terminus C's picture

Yes, and you can expect what happened to them to happen to us if we do the same...

Are we prepared to take the casualties?  I am not so sure about that.  We are not made of the "right stuff".  Those people grew up in war, knew war... we did not and do not.

Having a gun does not make you a soldier.

bunkermeatheadprogeny's picture

We've been at war for the last decade.

Everyone has the right stuff, given the right conditions.

Napoleon said that revolution is just 3 meals away.

I do not believe that an organized resistance would be effective, given the advancements in surveilance technology. 

It will be lone gunmen after loan gunmen that would be able to hit and run.

Remember how long the DC shooter were able to continue before they finally got caught?

TheGreatPonzi's picture


The bitch saw it coming

I don't defend violence, and myself I wouldn't be able to morally kill a woman in cold blood. But voting for TARP means being a corrupt bastard. Some people have nothing to lose, the shooter was one of them.

palmereldritch's picture


The bitch saw it coming

I don't defend violence, and myself I wouldn't be able to morally kill a woman in cold blood. But...

You're a disingenuous piece of shit.  Enough said

palmereldritch's picture

Wow, 2 junks in 30 seconds means there are clear and present troll gangs working the threads at this time people...

lo574's picture

Are you serious?  You're a jacka**, pure and simple

ViewfromUndertheBridge's picture

You are a horrible fucking troll and an appalling human being.

On another site was the comment "go to ZH to see Jareds in the making".

Fuck you very much.