Saturday afternoon, as your blogger enjoyed an ACC basketball game, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head, at point blank range. She had been saying hello to her constituents at an outdoor meeting in front of a Tucson grocery store. By Sunday, the shootings were being blamed on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R) and other conservatives.
As Saturday wore on, and updates came pouring in, the game was forgotten, and the nation held its collective breath. Who would do such a thing? What type of person or persons could be responsible? What kind of nut would shoot a sitting member of Congress, kill a Federal judge, a nine-year-old child, and others?
Soon, the word arrived that a mentally unstable man, who had once met Giffords in 2007, was the shooter of the Congresswoman and other victims. Republicans and Democrats alike posted prayers on their Facebook pages and went to their houses of worship to grieve. We were a nation united, as an attack on one of us, is an attack on us all.
Such a shooting on an elected official, especially a member of Congress, is a threat to the very freedom that we hold dear. It doesn’t matter what views that Representative holds. In the United States, our very democracy hinges on a peaceful transfer of power, each time a new party is voted into the majority, as happened last Wednesday.
However, by Sunday morning, Sarah Palin was being blamed for the shootings of a mad man. Why? Giffords had voted for President Barack Obama‘s health care plan, known to conservatives as Obamacare, as well as supported the Stimulus.
The Associated Press reported on Sunday morning that, despite the fact that this shooter had been turn down enlistment by the U.S. Army, had dropped out of high school, and had been kicked out of his community college, somehow Sarah Palin was to be blamed.
Gov. Palin listed Cong. Giffords on her “targeted” list on the 2010 elections, and Giffords narrowly won her election. A former Republican, and self-described “blue dog Democrat”, Giffords continued to serve what is considered to be a conservative district. The press seemed to take the word “targeted” literally.
The Shark Tank, a Florida political blog, wrote, after interviewing the Senator:
Senator Rubio expresses his sympathies for Congresswoman Giffords and the families of those who were killed and injured in Saturday’s shooting in Arizona. Rubio then put the shooting incident into perspective when he noted that unless an elected official, like himself had Secret Service type security, they would be vulnerable to a similar attack like the one that occurred in Arizona.
In short, this had nothing to do with politics.
Friend and fellow blogger, Warner Todd Huston, reported Sunday that a left-wing Democrat group, known as the 21st Century Democrats, is using the shooting as a FUNDRAISING TOOL! Is nothing sacred anymore?
This blogger hopes Rep. Giffords can return to the House. Not because she is expected to play a major role on the immigration debate, as she opposes illegal immigration. We are her fellow Americans and wish her a full recovery. Right now, it is simply too early to tell.
UPDATE 1/9/2011 7:51 p.m. EST
A blogger friend, Bruce Majors, points out a couple of Obama quotes made in 2008. For some reason, we conservatives managed not to act on them and take them literally.