Link Roll: Reactions to Giffords Shooting from Around the Web

Sunday, January 09, 2011

»» Giffords predicted on MSNBC in March 2010 that Sarah Palin's gun and crosshairs map with Giffords on it could have consequences. (CNN)

»» Rebecca Traister, not a huge fan, predicted Giffords could rise to the top. (Salon)

»» Matt Bai on how we've changed: "What’s different about this moment is the emergence of a political culture — on blogs and Twitter and cable television — that so loudly and readily reinforces the dark visions of political extremists, often for profit or political gain." (NY Times)

»» James Fallows on why the facts about the killer don't tell the whole story: "It is legitimate to discuss whether there is a connection between that tone and actual outbursts of violence, whatever the motivations of this killer turn out to be." (The Atlantic)

»» Gifford's NASA connection. Her husband, Mark E. Kelly, and his twin brother Scott are astronauts. Mark was scheduled to fly the final Endeavor shuttle mission in April and Scott is currently aboard the International Space Station. (The New York Times)

»» Investigating sheriff Clarence Dupnick denounces talk radio rhetoric at a news conference, calls Arizona a mecca for racism and bigotry. (KGUN)

Dupnik said on Saturday "All I can tell you is that this individual may have a mental issue, and that people who are unbalanced are especially susceptible to vitriol,"

"He [U.S. District Court Judge John Roll, who was among the victims of Saturday's shooting] was one of the finest human beings I have ever known in my life," Dupnik said.

Dupnik also said Giffords was one of the "nicest human beings ever put on this earth. She cares about the United States of America. I hope all Americans are as saddened and shocked as I am and I hope they are as angry as I am," Dupnik said.

"It's time to do a little soul searching about the rhetoric we hear on the radio, how are children are being raised," the sheriff said.

"We have become the mecca for racism and bigotry."

»» Craig Silverman compiles the quick-moving and sometimes erroneous information tweeted about the incident on Saturday afternoon.


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Joe Gould from New York

The media, particularly the shock jocks on radio, which have been pinpointed for their incendiary and harsh language, deny any responsibility for the tragedy in Tucson. They claim that they had no role in it. They claim that Mr. Loughner is mentally ill and did not act with a political purpose.

If the right-wing jingoists are correct, just whom do they think they are persuading with their rant? If not those with less than admirable analytical skills, to what audience do they think their caustic demagoguery appeals?

Jan. 11 2011 09:47 AM

Jared Loughner previously made death threats against people in Pima County, including staff at Pima Community College, radio personalities and local bloggers. When the Pima County Sheriff's Office was informed, Sheriff Dupnik’s deputies wrongly assured the victims that he was being well managed by the mental health system. It was also suggested that the further pressing of charges would be unnecessary and probably cause more problems than it would solve. Was Jared Loughner’s mother, Amy Loughner, employed as a Natural Resource specialist for the Pima County Parks and Recreation a factor?

Every victim of his threats must also be wondering if this tragedy could have been prevented if Sheriff Dupnik had been more aggressive in pursuing charges against Mr. Loughner. Perhaps with a felony conviction he would never have been able to lawfully buy weapon he used to strike down the lives of six people and decimate 14 more.

This was not an act of politics. This was an act of a mentally disturbed young man hell bent on destruction. The Pima County Sheriff's Department was aware of his violent nature and they failed to act appropriately.

Sheriff Dupnik FAILED to investigate fully and assure that Loughner did not have access to lethal weapons and received the mental health care he obviously NEEDED. This is unacceptable and the Sheriff should answer for it. This tragedy leads right back to Sheriff Dupnik’s gross negligence and all the spin in the world is not going to change that fact.

Jan. 10 2011 05:36 PM

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