Tucson Tragedy

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

This past weekend was filled with shock and sadness as 20 people were shot in Tuscon, Ariz., including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Of those 20 people shot, six of them died. Among the dead were a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl by the name of Christina Green.

Giffords, many may not know this, is known as a “Blue Dog Democrat” — or a fiscally conservative Democrat — and sometimes votes along with the Republicans. One of which includes her colleague John McCain, also an Arizonan. The gunman was identified as Jared Lee Loughner. He was charged with the attempted assassination of Rep. Giffords, and the killings of six people.

The shooting of Rep. Giffords is a grim reminder of the consequences of the use of “second-amendment remedies” as we have heard from the Tea Party candidates. In the 1960s, the airwaves were filled with news of assassinations. John F. Kennedy, his brother Bobby, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., et al were among those who were assassinated in the 1960s. If we learned something from those tragedies, it’s this: we must tread lightly when mentioning the second amendment, that is, the right to bear arms.

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