Gabrielle Giffords, US Democratic Congresswoman shot in head

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    8th January 2011 (19:55)

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    Gabrielle Giffords is in surgery after being shot in the head at point blank range

    This KOLD live TV News coverage HAS LIVE UPDATE confirmation that the Democratic congresswoman is still in surgery. There will be a news conference at 1:30 local time (-8hrs GMT?)  – so 9:30pm here in Britain.

    Confirmation of her condition is yet to be received officially, but this site said earlier that she was dead.


    *One of Ms Giffords’ aides has now been confirmed dead, so that’s a total, thus far, of FIVE dead and at least TEN injured.

    *President Obama has made a statement sending condolences to those attacked and their families, as has Sarah Palin.

    * TPM says is has been confirmed that a federal judge was among those shot at this incident


    This was at the Huffington Post earlier –

    2:31 PM ET Still Alive?

    MSNBC says a surgeon on the scene claims that Giffords is still alive, in critical condition.


    This is her Twitter account.

    Her last post today –


    Gabrielle Giffords
    Rep_Giffords Gabrielle Giffords
    My 1st Congress on Your Corner starts now. Please stop by to let me know what is on your mind or tweet me later.
    3 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply


    As with the Governor of the Punjab just before he was shot dead a few days ago, tweets are becoming the last political word.

    Updates to this story also here

    What a crazy world!


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    5 Responses to “Gabrielle Giffords, US Democratic Congresswoman shot in head”

    1. Peter Reynolds Says:

      Tragic. I pray for her and all those injured in this terrible event.

    2. Peter Reynolds Says:

      This is the sort of occasion whe I support the policeman who holds him by the scruff of his neck and taps him three times in the back of the head, neck, head. There is no need to prolong this,.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Hi Peter, and thanks for your comments.

        At this KOLD live video site there is a video on the right of the scene immediately after the shooting.

        It looks like the police weren’t there in number, or he’d likely be dead by now. He said goodbye today at his My Place site and the same sort of thing at his YouTube video site. He evidently didn’t expect to be still breathing after this.

        It’ll be interesting to see what the police gather from interviewing this guy. WHY exactly, etc? If he has a conscience, I wonder how he feels about killing a nine-year-old girl.

        I blame the internet for this kind of thing. Immature minds that think they are mature. Thus all the conspiracy theorists online – the politics of hate! It’s like when you are a child and you think your parents are stupid. When you grow up you sort of notice that they’ve wised up quite a bit. A little like that, only a lot worse.

    3. Peter Reynolds Says:

      Now this I need your help with.

      Yes, it’s true, I will be standing as a candidate at the next by-election, wherever it is!

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Good for you, Peter. I’ll help in any way I can, of course. Purely as a friend, of course, not a political ally. I’m very broad-minded! I helped out another friend who asked me in the last general election, and I didn’t necessarily support that party. Same as yours, I believe.

        But of course you will be standing for this Cannabis Party. Well, good luck to you.

        So here’s my first piece of advice: Save up enough for your deposit.

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