U.S. Rep. Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords (D) of Arizona’s 8th Congressional District died is in critical condition, according to a Fox News Channel broadcast update at 1:47 p.m. Central numerous news reports, after being shot in the head at point blank range during a “Congress on the Corner” event she was holding in Tucson this morning.
Several others — including members of her staff — were shot as well. While their conditions remain unknown at this point, the condition of our country — and how Americans will react to the news as more details begin to surface — becomes an even larger concern.
If the shooter turns out to be a right-wing conservative, I fully expect members of the liberal media to attempt to portray the shooter as a typical member of the Constitution-loving side of the political fence. In addition, they will use the event as another reason to clamp down on gun rights.
If the shooter turns out to be an illegal immigrant, those same media outlets will paint the person as a victim of his circumstances and gloss over the “elephant in the room” that is the lack of real security at our nation’s borders.
If the shooter turns out to be an Islamic extremist, they will downplay his religious affiliations and spin the Muslim shooter’s actions as criminal but not an act of terrorism.
Of course, other possibilities exist. Stay tuned for updates.
UPDATE 1/8/11 at 2:44 p.m. Central: A state senator who is a friend of the congresswoman said the congresswoman is alive and responding to some commands of doctors. The state senator also said that the shooter was — or claimed to be — a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Will seek to confirm.
UPDATE 1/8/11 at 2:56 p.m. Central: Fox News just reported that the shooter has been identified as a 22-year-old white male. Nothing else until 6 p.m. Arizona time.
UPDATE 1/8/11 at 3:08 p.m. Central: News outlets have identified the alleged shooter as Jarod Laughner, but provided no more details.
UPDATE 1/8/11 at 5:48 p.m. Central: In the spirit of keeping an eye on the enemy, I watched ABC World News tonight at 5:30 p.m. Central. During the coverage of the shooting, anchor David Muir mentioned the remark of Congresswoman Giffords’ father. When asked if his daughter had any enemies, the father reportedly said, “Everyone in the Tea Party.” It took the network a full 13 minutes to delve into the shooter’s background.
UPDATE 1/8/11 at 6:03 p.m. Central: Hat tip to Dana Loesch for saving me some research time to solidify the points I made about the liberal media’s “spin” about the alleged shooter:
Shooter’s favorite books: “Mein Kampf” and “The Communist Manifesto.” YouTube page: http://bit.ly/hK5wFj
Someone who knew him from high school: “Very liberal”: http://www.businessinsider.com/woman-who-says-she-went-to-school-with-alleged-shooter-says-he-met-giffords-in-2007-2011-1
Daily Kos writer said Giffords was “dead to me”: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=491088264535&set=a.56799009535.63644.741139535
Kos scrubbed his sites ASAP before Palin: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439×139805
Daily Kos had listed Giffords as a target: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/6/25/1204/74882/511/541568
Dems had listed Giffords as a target: http://www.verumserum.com/?p=13647
Judge killed was Bush appointee: http://bit.ly/ePWDsR