Saturday, January 08, 2011

Democratic Congresswoman in critical condition

UPDATE: Subsequent reports now make it clear that she is still alive and out of surgery.

The Twitterverse and the comments section on GMD are full of references to right-wing Republicans calling for violent attacks on Democrats, including former half-term Alaska governor Sara Palin's "Don't Retreat, Reload".

This just in, reported by TPM and other sources.

Giffords Shot Dead By Assassin

We now have apparently confirmed reports that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot and killed this morning by an as-yet-unidentified assassin at a "Congress on Your Corner" event outside a grocery store in her district in Tucson, Arizona.

I would concede that even the most unhinged Tea Party Republicans probably don't intend to incite their followers to violence and political assassination. On the other hand, what message do they think they're sending when they say it may be time to exercise our "Second Amendment remedies"?

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