I have never found myself to be any good at writing, or articulating my opinions. But the news of the shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrelle Giffords (who is/was a Democrat, by the way) saddens me, especially since 11 other people were injured, including a young boy. So I have decided to gather some facts and things here, excuse any mistakes or misspellings. Note: The blame falls on the gunman (update: Jared Loughner) first and foremost. However, I intend to provide proof that Sarah Palin and those crazy nuts from the Tea Party may have blood on their hands, unfortunately.
Sarah Palin’s website “Take Back the 20”, which has reportedly removed Gifford’s name from it’s list of candidates who voted for Obamacare a few months ago.
http://www.takebackthe20.com/ – the server is giving out 500 errors at the moment, so you may not be able to access it.
“While there is no hard evidence at this point to suggest that the shooting was politically motivated, Matt Yglesias points out that an anti-Giffords event was held in June with the billing: “Get on Target for Victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.”
Rep. Giffords was also on Sarah Palin’s “target list.”
As noted earlier, a gun was dropped at a Giffords event in 2009, and her office was vandalized in March”
Here is a photo of a notice for that anti-Giffords event:
Sarah Palin’s Facebook Note, which calls for people to “take back the 20”: http://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah-palin/dont-get-demoralized-get-organized-take-back-the-20/373854973434
Gifford’s Father: “Her father Spencer Giffords, 75, wept when asked if his daughter had any enemies. ‘Yeah,’ he told NYPost. ‘The whole tea party.'” – This is all over twitter at the moment!
Here is a video from last year where MSNBC talks to Giffords about the death threats she was receiving: http://kateoplis.tumblr.com/post/2655554409/msnbc-talks-to-rep-gabrielle-gifford-about-the
UPDATE (3:44PM): “US District Court Judge John M. Roll was among those wounded in Arizona – Pete Williams, NBC News”. Also, Giffords is alive, in surgery, and responding to doctor’s commands. Chance of survival at this point – unknown.
Also, these three links come courtesy of Reddit.com: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:fbAiPed1ZVAJ:www.takebackthe20.com/candidates+http://www.takebackthe20.com/candidates&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us – Google cache of Palin’s website, which is now completely offline.
http://i.imgur.com/eDr2J.png – this image was not actually featured on Palin’s website. I believe someone on Reddit made this.
Good going, Palin: http://takebackthe19.com/
Jared Loughner is the name of ONE of the shooters, there is suspected to be two. Gogogo facebook hunting! His Youtube! Is this a picture of him (see below, right)?
I know that blaming someone other than the gunman at this point is premature, but I would hope that people reading this are mature enough to take in all the facts that they can and draw their own conclusion. I will update this when applicable/when I can. Feel free to leave opinions, you can also email me. Update: Trying to think of a better way to organize this, but it’s not really a priority at the moment.