Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Judge John Roll of Arizona Shot At Rally

By  Bridgette and Renee

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords & House Speaker John Boehner  Jan. 5, 2011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Az)  was shot in the head  at a  rally in a parking lot today in Tucson, Arizona. Reports say the shooter was a 22 year old white male now in custody by the name of Jared Loughner. The pretty blonde with a beautiful smile was  taken to the hospital  and was undergoing surgery.

Nineteen people were shot and wounded including six who have reportedly died, including Judge John Roll, who was caught in the crossfire, and a nine year old little girl .

From CNN:

Giffords ‘fearless’ despite threats, colleague says
January 8, 2011

CNN) — A friend of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said she was “always willing to talk to her constituents,” and that her returning to Tucson for a town hall meeting in the days after Congress had convened was typical.

Giffords, 40, was one of 18 people shot at a Tucson, Arizona, grocery store Saturday at what she called “My 1st Congress on Your Corner,” in a tweet shortly before she was shot.

Giffords’ condition still was critical after surgery Saturday for a gunshot wound to the head, but doctors were optimistic of her chances for surviving.

“She was an incredible public servant,” said Sylvia Lee, president of Pima County Community College in Tucson. “She was a moderate Democrat who was willing to talk to both sides.”

Giffords is married to NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, a Navy captain who is scheduled to fly the April space shuttle mission to the international space station. Lee said that Giffords has no children but was stepmother to Kelly’s two children.

CNN’s Dana Bash had a conversation with Giffords on Friday at the Capitol and Giffords told her that she had taken a trip to Rome with her family over the holidays and had been able to attend Midnight Mass in the Vatican.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, called Giffords a “wonderful, perky, woman.” Nadler said that she is “very popular in not a terribly popular Democratic district.

Giffords narrowly beat Tea Party-backed Republican Jesse Kelly in November, 49-47 percent.

Lee said that Giffords and Rep. Raul Grijalva, a fellow Arizona Democrat, had received threats in the past. Grijalva confirmed the threats to CNN affiliate KVOA, “But for her to say, I will not go out there and do my job and be with constituents because of this — no, never. “She is fearless,” he said.

Known as a “Blue Dog,” or moderate, Democrat, Giffords was a key swing vote in last year’s health care reform debate. She didn’t make up her mind to vote for the legislation until the final days before the ultimate passing vote. A glass panel at her Tucson office was shattered the day after the vote.   Spokesman C.J. Karamargin told CNN then that staffers suspected someone shot a pellet gun at the glass.

Giffords is serving her third term in Congress, first elected in 2006. She generally voted with her party but voted against the auto bailout bill and was one of 19 Democrats to vote against former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bid to become the Democrats’ minority leader in the wake of last year’s midterm elections that returned Republicans to power in the House.  Giffords served on term in the Arizona House of Representatives and is the youngest woman elected to the Arizona state Senate.

She was employed by Price Waterhouse Coopers and served as CEO and president of El Campo Tire, her family’s business, before she was elected to the Arizona House.

Giffords and Grijalva were two of the three candidates that MSNBC’s “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann was suspended for making campaign contributions The other candidate was Democratic Jack Conway, who was running for the U.S. Senate seat won by Rand Paul.

Jared L. Loughner

Jared L. Loughner, the 22 year old  Arizona Shooter

Jared L. Loughner, 22 year old Arizona Shooter, High School photo

The Shooters My Space Photo


The shooter was apprehended and  is in jail.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of all of the people involved in this heinous crime.


UPDATE: Jan. 10, 2011 Jared’s Mugshot from Tucson! (AP)

H/T  Photo,  Rush

176 responses to “Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Judge John Roll of Arizona Shot At Rally

  1. University of Arizona “Together We Thrive: Tucson & America” Memorial Tshirts

    Judicial Watch filed an Arizona Public Records Act Request with the University of Arizona regarding the costs behind the providing of tshirts by the university for a January 12, 2011, memorial service held for the victims of the January 8, 2011, Tucson, Arizona shooting.

    From the documents – January 19, 2011 – the price for the order was $68,885.00 for about 20,000 T shirts. Wasn’t your understanding that these were free to students? Who reimbursed the University? Whose brilliant idea was it? Did the university just happen to have $68 thousand that they needed to spend?

    Click to access uofarizona-foia-docs-01192011.pdf

    • Smells Bridgette doesn’t it ?

    • To recap:
      “University spokeswoman Jennifer Fitzenberger told “it was our idea to do the t-shirts.” She said distributing merchandise at a memorial was appropriate and rejected the charge that the University over-commercialized the service. “Our intention was to have something to remember after the event…something that symbolizes our community’s spirit…which would live on.” When asked if the University had worked with the White House or any partisan groups on any level regarding the t-shirts she said “no.”

      Fitzenberger insisted the University made no money from the “Together We Thrive” t-shirts and they weren’t for sale. “We took the idea to University of Arizona BookStores and they contracted it out with a vendor.” Reports put the cost of the t-shirts at $60,000. spoke to representatives at University of Arizona BookStores who revealed the vendor they used….”Youth Monument,” a Los Angeles-based company specializing in “the hottest” college brands. “I don’t feel comfortable commenting on the story,” said Nick Ventura when contacted by Ventura called himself “a partner” at Youth Monument. When asked if the University of Arizona was a regular client and if there was any contact with the White House or any political group he responded “no comment.””

      I swear that we read this article months ago and I don’t remember the name of that clothing company. Do you? Interestingly enough, it only came into being in October, 2010.

      “Youth Monument Clothing, Inc. is located at 21650 Oxnard St Ste 500 Woodland Hills, CA 91367. The officers include . Youth Monument Clothing, Inc. was incorporated on Thursday, October 21, 2010 in the State of CA and is currently active. Robert Ezra represents Youth Monument Clothing, Inc. as their registered agent.

      Source: Public Record data – Department of State – Division of Corporations”

      They took part in an internship week at USC:

      I remember reading a Canadian news article that suggested this was connected to Rock the Vote. It appears that people have to be extremely careful when parsing their requests. The WH maintains its six degrees of separation. So Judicial Watch needs to ask for any records containing correspondence on this topic going between the AZ bookstore and the college administration and also for any similar records going between Rock the Vote, Organizing for America, the Obama reelection campaign,, etc. and the college administration, its bookstore, and/or this clothing company. I hope they get to the bottom of it and figure out WHERE that money came from.

    Search of Robert Ezra Youth Monument Clothing Inc. got this.

  3. Zenway | March 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Gabby Giffords … shooting records just released…

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