Shooting Victim Shoots Himself In The Foot

Apparently complaining about the 2nd Amendment remedies of others didn’t mean much for Eric Fuller who was one of the survivors from last weekends shootings in Arizona. Just hours after complaining that the hate speech from the right was to blame for the shootings in Tucson, Fuller himself was arrested for allegedly threatening a tea party leader during a town hall meeting.

The theme of the event was “An American Conversation Continued” —  the idea being to continue the conversation that a madman’s brutal rampage had interrupted.  So it was inevitable that the conversation would eventually turn to politics.   It did, toward the end, with Amanpour leading a discussion on a very touchy but obvious topic:  gun control.

That’s where the atmosphere turned tense.   When Tucson Tea Party founder Trent Humphries rose to suggest that any conversation about gun control should be put off until after the funerals for all the victims, witnesses say Fuller became agitated.  Two told KGUN9 News that Fuller finally rose, took a picture of Humphries, and said, “You’re dead.”

When State Rep. Terri Proud (R-Tucson) rose to explain and clarify current and proposed gun legislation in the state, several people groaned or booed her.  One of those booing, according to several witnesses, was Fuller.   Witnesses sitting near Fuller told KGUN9 News that Fuller was making them feel very uncomfortable.

The event wrapped up a short time later.  Deputies then escorted Fuller from the room.  As he was being led off, Fuller shouted loudly to the room at large.  Several witnesses said that what they thought they heard him shout was, “You’re all whores!”

An aside, is there any doubt that Arizona loves their guns? Even the call letters of the local TV station fits right in, KGUN

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Let The Attacks Begin Anew

It didn’t take long for the right wing hate machine to demonize Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik after he called for a timeout in political hate speech last weekend so you can bet they are already looking to Rush, Glenn, Sarah et al. for their next attack plan towards the latest to speak out after Saturdays mass murders. This time it is Eric Fuller,  a wounded survivor from the Tucson shootings, speaking out on the divisive tone of our political discourse.

“Their wish for Second Amendment activism has been fulfilled — senseless hatred leading to murder, lunatic fringe anarchism, subscribed to by John Boehner, mainstream rebels with vengeance for all, even 9-year-old girls,” he added, referring to the death of Christina Taylor Green.

3..2..1..

UPDATE: Like clockwork

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Sheriff Clarence Dupnik Is "In The Sights" Of The Right Wing Hate Machine

The man who criticized the tone of our political discourse in the wake of the Arizona mass murders, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, is now feeling the full force of that politically motivated hate machine.

After calling for politicians and political commentators to tone down violent and hateful political rhetoric, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik is now experiencing himself the force of right-wing hostility and rancor. Dupnik never suggested that the deeply disturbed shooter was directly influenced by political debate, but called into question the use of vicious rhetoric and violent imagery that has become all too commonplace in political discourse today. “The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country,” Dupnik said, “is getting to be outrageous.” After facing a preliminary assault yesterday, now Dupnik is facing an all-out barrage from the Right.

Dupnik is finding out that criticizing what the media talking heads do to rile up the troops and earn ratings will ensure that the wrath of their zombie armies is brought to bear against them.

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Giffords Discusses Being On The Palin "Hit List"

Gabrielle Giffords discusses being on Sarah Palin’s heath care “hit list“.

When people do that they need to realize there are consequences to that action

Take this with a grain of salt but Fox News is reporting that they have obtained an internal DHS memo that suggests that the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, might have had an anti-semitic motivation as Giffords is Jewish.

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The Problem With Our Country Is…

The politics or motivation of the Gabrielle Giffords shooter today is still a mystery so we can’t definitively say it was politically motivated (I’m inclined to think it was the work of your run of the mill nutcase). I can definitively say though that there is a major problem that does exist and is on display daily from people like this guy and those like him populating his comment section.

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It is absolutely, absolutely unacceptable to shoot “indiscriminately”.

Target only politicians and their staff, and leave regular citizens alone.

Please!

Rhetoric from the likes Sarah Palin doesn’t help much either.

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In Palin's Gun Sights

Sarah Palin has again unwittingly inserted her foot into her mouth. The latest comes from her Facebook page from last year and includes a map with gun sights representing the Congressional districts that her PAC was targeting during the last election.

You will of course notice that one of those districts just happens to be that of Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords who was shot in the head earlier today. Probably not the type of hit list Palin was talking about…

UPDATE 3:45 PM: Firedoglake provides us with another Palin promotional image that looks for a solution to the problem. Ouch!

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US Rep From Arizona Shot

From NPR

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday.

The Democrat, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at the Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.

At least nine other people, including members of her staff, were hurt. Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known.

No word on why this happened though the shooter was reportedly taken into custody so we could know more soon. But if she was indeed the target, one might surmise that the nastiness of our current political discourse might have had something to do with this.

UPDATE: 3:15 PM – Reports have Rep Giffords coming out out surgery and stating that they are optimistic about her recovery.

UPDATE 3:30 – Alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner’s (apparent) YouTube channel is in past tense and suggests he is a troubled youth that seems, after watching some of his videos, to have quite an infatuation with the Constitution.

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