Jewish Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot, may pull through
Though we don’t know for sure, it looks like Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, 40, the third-term congresswoman from Arizona who was shot point-blank in the head during a “Congress on Your Corner” event in Tucson this morning, is going to survive. Several of the other victims of the gunman’s subsequent bullet-spraying will not be so lucky. Giffords is Jewish—the first Jewish woman to be elected from Arizona—and is a moderate Democratic representing a conservative district along the Mexico border.
We do not yet know if the attempt on her life was politically motivated—the single suspect, a 22-year-old white man named Jared Laughner is in police custody.
A man identified as Judge John Roll and a child were killed in the attack. A number of others were wounded.
It may be too early to suggest that the attack was motivated by anti-Semitism, however, Jared Laughner lists "Mein Kampf" as one of his favorite books on his Youtube channel. His videos, full of anti-government zealotry and paranoia, are disturbing.
There is also evidence that this attack may be related to the fact that Rep. Giffords was on Sarah Palin's political "hit list." According to Pam's House Blend blog, Sarah Palin has taken down this page from the SarahPAC website that showed Rep. Giffords and others targeted in Tea Party cross hairs:
Below is an interview with Rep. Giffords about Sarah Palin's target map.
Our thoughts are with her and the other victims of this tragic attack.
How to cite this page
Berkenwald, Leah. "Jewish Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot, may pull through." 8 January 2011. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on February 1, 2015) <http://jwa.org/blog/gabrielle-giffords>.