This morning Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman at a Safeway grocery store during a Congress at your Corner event. Prior to that, Tea Partier Sarah Palin had placed the congressperson on a “target” list for removal, noting on a map the congresspersons location with a gun site as more fully reported on by Andrew Sullivan.
In June, 2010, Republican Jesse Kelly, the Tea Party supported opponent of Gabrielle Griffords for the congressional seat, posted the following upcoming events on his Facebook page:
To clarify, the event held on June 12, 2010, was to remove Gabrielle Giffords from office by shooting “a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.”
While details on the shooter are still sketchy, such irresponsible calls to remove people by learning to shoot a gun or placing gun sites on their location surely have some responsibility in the idea that violence is an acceptable way to confront political difference.
Gabrielle Giffords is a supporter of pro-equality measures, including, but not limited to: hate crimes legislation, employment non-discrimination policies, and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Our hearts and thoughts go out to her and her family.