Congresswoman Giffords shot in head in Tucson shooting…
STATEMENT FROM HOSPITAL: “Neurosurgeons finished… very optimistic…”

ALEX JONES: Political Hacks Waste No Time In Shamelessly Exploiting Giffords Shooting To Demonize Political Oppositon
DEVELOPING… Motive still unknown, please do not assume one at this time…

Sarah Palin’s political action committee placed ads which put a gunshot target over Giffords…
Palin deletes tweet…
Opponent in 2010 election held campaign event at a gun range, to “get on target” to “remove Gabrielle Giffords from office”
Was Gabrielle Giffords Shot Because She is Jewish?

Father, Spencer Giffords on her enemies. From the NY Post:

“Yeah,” he told The Post. “The whole tea party.”

He added that politicians constantly faced danger.

“They always get threat[ened],” Gifford cried. “We don’t really have any information. The Police department was supposed to call us but they didn’t.”

Statement by U.S. President Barack Obama (via USA Today):

This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot in Tuscon, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded.

We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.

From Sarah Palin’s Facebook page:

My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today’s tragic shooting in Arizona.

On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice.

– Sarah Palin

Speaker John Boehner posted a statement on his website:

“I am horrified by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and members of her staff. An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society. Our prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. This is a sad day for our country.”

SHOOTER: Jared Lee Laughner Jared Lee Loughner
Gawker: Jared Loughner profiled…
Jared L Loughner, 7741 N Soledad Ave, Tucson, AZ
YouTube channel (crazy person alert)
MYSPACE (already deleted, here’s a cache):

Schools:I attended school: Thornydale elementary,Tortolita Middle School, Mountain View Highschool, Northwest Aztec Middle College, and Pima Community College.
Interests:My favorite interest was reading, and I studied grammar. Conscience dreams were a great study in college!
Movies:(*My idiom: I could coin the moment!*)
Music:Pass me the strings!
Books:I had favorite books: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.

UPDATE: I just want to say that my prayers and condolences are with the many victims of today’s horrible shooting. I just pray that their injuries and deaths will not be further politicized by reactionaries on either side of the aisle. Put the blame where it belongs: with the shooter.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. The real fallout will happen after the police get his computer(s) and find out what sites he’s been reading. The fact is that the government is going to use this as the newest leverage point for further web censorship.

  2. It is disrespectful to the families who lost love ones today to use this event to attack my free internet and right to protect myself with a gun from a tyrannical government.

  3. Loughner is a bonafide schizo who may have been pushed by a “friend” (this is all speculation, and you know how the government loves to create conspiracy angles to discredit investigators when it involves lone gunman).

    He will likely end up in federal prison when instead he should be in a mental hospital, end of story.

    1. Turns out they knew about this guy for at least the last 4 years. All of the political weapons that were possible to use him for were rendered obsolete. I say the possibility of an anti Second Amendment argument being made, but it was an armed private citizen who stopped him from killing even more. Had people at the scene been armed, or possibly the attendance of a police officer, and this could have been prevented.