The shooting this week of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords stunned our nation. For a few moments, no one was able to point fingers or abdicate responsibility. Everyone stood together in grief.
Here is a highly respected and educated woman, a Democrat elected by her constituency to guide southern Arizona. She is considered one of the most centrist legislators in Congress, and is a strong supporter of fiscal responsibility, bipartisanship and government accountability. She has introduced legislations designed to hamper and curtail drug trafficking, immigration reform, and stronger border protection. She also chairs the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee.
Rep. Giffords was allegedly shot in the head at point blank range by a 22-year-old, Jared Lee Loughner, currently described as mentally ill and deranged. In the course of his alleged assassination attempt on Giffords, Loughner's bullets allegedly took the lives of Judge John M. Roll, Christina Taylor Green, Dorothy Morris, Phyllis Schneck, Gabe Zimmerman and Dorwan Stoddard. He injured 14 others as he sprayed bullets onto the crowd gathered to hear Giffords speak.