Massacre in Arizona, USA

This video from the USA is called Gabrielle Giffords about Sarah Palin’s violent rhetoric and the Tea Party threats and attacks.

Arizona Shooting Sets Off Debate on Violent Political Rhetoric. Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: “Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) and seventeen others were shot Saturday after a gunman opened fire at a public event in Tucson, law-enforcement sources confirmed. Six people were killed, including a federal judge, an aide to Giffords and a nine-year-old girl…. The 40-year-old Arizona Democrat was shot in the head once at point-blank range and rushed to University Medical Center (UMC). During a press conference Sunday, Dr. Peter Ree of the University of Arizona Medical Center said that she was out of surgery and in critical condition, but was awake and following commands… The shooting has been connected to the heated political rhetoric around issues such as health care legislation and immigration … [and] Giffords had been the target of death threats, vandalism and harassment in recent months”: here.

By Bridget Johnson in the USA:

Report: DHS says shooting suspect ‘possibly linked’ to anti-Semitic group

01/09/11 09:30 AM ET

Fox News reported Sunday morning that an internal Department of Homeland Security memo obtained by the network indicated that suspect Jared Lee Loughner, 22, is “possibly linked” to an anti-Semitic, white supremacist group.

The DHS memo called the group American Renaissance “anti-government, anti-immigration, anti-ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government), anti-Semitic.” The information reportedly came as Loughner’s computer and personal effects were searched in the shooting investigation. …

[A victim of Loughner’s shooting] Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D), who attends a Reform synagogue in Tucson, is Arizona’s first Jewish congresswoman.

Rep. Giffords Warned About [Sarah] Palin’s Having Put Gun Sight On Her and Her District: here.

Shooting of Jewish Congresswoman Giffords Is Not Just a “Tragedy”. Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun: “Why does what Hillary Clinton once quite accurately described as ‘the vast right-wing conspiracy’ get a free pass when its rhetoric can easily be seen to contribute to the climate of hate from which the actions of this “lone gunman” can be easily understood to have emerged? Isn’t it time for us to demand that our government investigate the violence-generating discourse of the racist and the haters? Why, when the House of Representatives was in the hands of Democrats, did they not have any committee or subcommittee at work holding pubic hearings to explore what kind of legislation might help protect us citizens and our liberal and progressive representatives from the kind of violence that exploded in Arizona earlier today?”: here.

Gun Used in Tucson Shooting Purchased Legally; Arizona Laws Among Most Lax in Nation: here.

“Cruel Isolation”: Amnesty Report Blasts Conditions in Arizona’s Prisons: here.

3 thoughts on “Massacre in Arizona, USA


    Where does one start in the wake of the political killing spree that occurred in Arizona on Saturday?

    With John Wilkes Booth putting a bullet into the head of Abraham Lincoln?

    With the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy?

    With the shooting of Martin Luther King?

    The right-wing culture of hate and implicit coded call to kill the enemy, as if on a mission from God, is a subset of our larger national culture of violence.

    From our policy of maintaining superpower status through wars and coups to going back to the conquest of America by the slaughter of Native Americans, we have had a history of a large segment of our population that views violence as a remedy for personal and political grievances – as well as the fulfillment of ideological goals. For them, “putting down your enemy” is as American as apple pie.

    Whenever it comes to political assassinations – and the senior federal judge of Arizona was killed on Saturday, along with the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the deaths of others – the shills for the establishment of a Christian-white-male-ruled authoritarian society try to distance themselves from the “crazy people” who heed their call and pull the trigger.

    Truthout’s William Rivers Pitt so poignantly described the devastating results of such a grotesque dynamic in terms of how effective it is as a strategy. The liberal leadership of the ’60s was killed off, leaving the country to veer right. As Pitt laments, “Imagine what the Democratic Party would be like today if this generation of leadership had been able to enjoy the privilege of that generation’s wisdom.”

    The violence-inciters kill more than individuals; they murder the heart of a nation’s dreams and aspirations.

    This can also be called terrorism.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


  2. International Action Center statement on the
    Arizona shootings and the attempted
    assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

    International Action Center Statement
    Joint statement from Tucson and New York City offices of the IAC
    January 9, 2011

    The Jan. 8 shooting of Arizona Congressperson Gabrielle Giffords should rightfully be termed a political assassination attempt. The planned murder attempt, which took the lives of six people, including a 9-year-old child, takes place in a political climate of extreme racism, anti-immigrant terror, and fear-mongering that the right-wing, their politicians and pundits have been stoking for more than a decade.

    It is part of the calculation of the ruling elite in this country to fan the flames of division, racism, and reactionary thinking in order to divert people’s attention from the economic crisis. The attempt on the life of a member of Congress is a direct by-product of the economic crisis.

    The infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio, anti-immigrant law SB1070, the outlawing of Ethnic Studies programs in public schools, the escalating militarization of the border — this is what laid the basis for the events of Jan. 8. “Hate radio” talk-show hosts, like Tucson’s Jon Justice, along with nationally known bigots like Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Glenn Beck, in their on-air rants continually use language encouraging violent acts.

    The assassination attempt is also directly related to the policy of border militarization. “These senseless deaths are the result of a border policy that has been building since 1994,” stated Isabel Garcia, an immigrant rights activist and community leader with Coalicion de Derechos Humanos in Tucson. “This has propelled the growth of fear, hate and violence. Over 5,000 migrant deaths, shootings and continuing violence are a direct result of this policy.”

    The rise of the right-wing rhetoric encouraged by many mainstream government and political forces and incessantly promoted by the media is meant to divert the people of this country from the real problems at hand: unemployment, deepening cuts to education and social services, attacks on public service workers and unions, continuing foreclosures and evictions, and other dire conditions.

    The powers that be — Wall Street, the Pentagon and Washington — allow and foster this right-wing rhetoric to fan the flames of division in society. They utilize this division to try to keep people’s attention away from the real culprits behind the deepening economic catastrophe and budget cuts facing the workers and poor: Wall Street, the Pentagon and Washington.

    The increasing number of heavily-armed Border Patrol agents roaming the desert areas adjacent to the border wall has resulted in two fatal shootings within the last two weeks alone. Each of these events involved a large group of Border Patrol agents and a shooting spree. The first incident left a Border Patrol agent dead, while the most recent incident resulted in the death of a 17-year-old Mexican youth who was shot while trying to scale the border wall. Homeland Security will not provide any further details on either shooting.

    Shooter was encouraged to commit this act

    The militarization of the border and the actions of the racist Minutemen are just two examples of the climate that led to the Jan. 8 massacre. This was not the action of a “mentally unstable” youth “acting alone.” It was the action of someone who has been given the signal that these kinds of violent and deadly attacks are needed. It was the action of someone who was encouraged to act as he did.

    For example, Giffords retained her seat last November by a narrow margin in a campaign against Tea Party candidate Jesse Kelly. Fundraisers were held by Kelly where he urged supporters to help remove Giffords from office by joining him to shoot a fully-loaded M-16 rifle. He was pictured on his website in military gear holding his automatic weapon and promoting the event.

    Giffords was among the candidates that Sarah Palin targeted for removal in the last election. Palin depicted these targets on her website by placing the crosshairs of a gun sight over the congressional district of the “target.”

    A town-hall meeting on health care that Giffords hosted in the spring of 2010 was disrupted by Tea Party bigots, one of whom dropped a weapon out of his pants. The night after the health-care vote in Congress, Gifford’s office was vandalized by kicking or shooting out a glass door and window.

    Arizona Congressperson Raul Grijalva received death threats after he called for a boycott of Arizona in response to the passage of SB1070. His office also had windows shot out during the fall election campaign.

    At about the same time on Jan. 8 as the shooting, the Cesar Chavez building at the University of Arizona was vandalized. This building is home to the university’s Mexican-American Studies program.

    Time to step up the struggle

    The youth who pulled the trigger, Jared Lee Loughner, is being portrayed by the media as a “mentally unstable lone gunman,” solely responsible for this act. According to Paul Teitelbaum of the IAC in Tucson: “The blame lies squarely with the racist, anti-immigrant forces that have been steadily escalating their war against the immigrant and Latino/a communities in Arizona. Billions have been spent to militarize the border, terrorize communities and sow confusion and division among workers, youth and poor people.

    “What if the assassin had been Latino/a, a Muslim or another person of color? Martial law would have immediately been imposed in Tucson. The banks, private prison companies and military contractors are raking in millions of dollars off the situation in Arizona, while the people suffer. This must be stopped,” concluded Teitelbaum.

    Teresa Gutierrez, national co-coordinator of the IAC, stated: “Events in Tucson on Jan. 8 demonstrate that the progressive, union, anti-war and immigrant rights movements must ratchet up the struggle. The media give an enormous amount of time and air waves every time the right-wing sneezes, while progressive events get ignored. This fosters acts like Jan. 8. But history shows that when the people are in motion by the tens of thousands, we can push back the powers-that-be as well as the rightwing. The people can and will prevail.”


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