U.S. Congresswoman shot in the head

Updates will be added to this post after becoming available.  So shortly after the 2011 House of Representatives was sworn in, this event seems especially awful.  From the Washington Post:

Tucson – Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot and critically wounded Saturday morning while hosting an event outside a Tucson grocery store, according to local news reports. Doctors said she survived the attack, but six others did not.

The shooter is relatively unknown, and according to the most recent reports on Huffington Post, the most reporters can find about him is a handful of YouTube videos inveighing against government and appearing to convey “paranoia.”

2 thoughts on “U.S. Congresswoman shot in the head

  1. I don’t think it’s possible at this stage to calculate the fall-out from this tragic event… but it will have powerful reverberations. The rhetoric of hate and ‘patriotic’ militancy coming from the tea party, especially in uber reactionary Arizona made something like this highly likely. This tragedy will intensify the focus on those elements that have created the conditions for such an attack. Palin’s incredibly irresponsible crosshair symbol will come back to bite her and hopefully damage her prospects.

    The good news of the last hour (via HuffPo) is that Congresswoman Gifford has been able to recognize family members and has spoken. The prognosis apparently is hopeful.

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