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.