Six people are dead and twelve people were wounded today in Arizona when a right wing gunman opened fire on Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8th) was holding a constituent meeting at a grocery store in her district when a young man named Jared Lee Loughner opened fire with either an automatic weapon or a semi-automatic weapon with a large capacity magazine. Loughner shot Congresswoman Giffords in the head and then sprayed the crowd of constituents with gunfire before attempting to flee. One of Giffords' aides chased Loughner, tackled him, and held him until law enforcement arrived. Giffords was severely wounded along with eleven others. Six other victims, including federal judge John Roll, one of Giffords' other aides, and a nine-year old child, were killed in the hail of bullets.
Let's speak plainly and bluntly: this incident is the direct result of the endless stream of Republican hate speech directed towards Democrats, Liberals and Progressives. Republicans and other conservatives who affect to be shocked by this incident are in deep denial about their role in encouraging the rising tide of right wing political violence in this country.
Update: Giffords was on Sarah Palin's notorious "gunsight" hit list of Democrats to be eliminated.
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