Saturday, January 08, 2011

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

I have no news about Representative Gabrielle Giffords, shot today in Tucson.  At 2 PM MT,  MSNBC showed the report from the hospital in which it was said that she was shot through the head, had come through surgery, and the trauma surgeon was optimistic.  This is a tragedy, no matter how many people died.  People were shot here in Arizona, and that's a tragedy.

Why does this relate to Lesa's Book Critiques, and not to my other blog, My Moments in Time?   Normally, I would not have known the name of a U.S. Representative from Tucson.  Last March, I went to the Tucson Festival of Books.  One program featured Scott Simon from NPR, interviewing Elmore Leonard and his sons.  Here are two of the paragraphs from my blog that day.


"Simon congratulated everyone involved with the festival. He said it was a magnificent event, and he and his family had been to more than one book festival. In fact, he said his daughters were already asking if they could come back again. He said the support the festival provided for literacy was so important, and made a difference in the community.


"Simon went on to ask if Representative Gabrielle Giffords was in the audience. She had asked him to participate in the festival. In return, he said, his daughters' pictures would soon be appearing on twenty dollar bills, by an act of Congress."

Representative Giffords' picture appears here today, as a supporter of the Tucson Festival of Books, a supporter of books and reading, and a friend of NPR.  Naturally, she's so much more, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a U.S. Representative, and a citizen of the U.S.  But, I only recognized her name because she was a supporter of the Tucson Festival of Books.

My prayers go out for Representative Gabrielle Giffords, her family, and the families of all those victims of the shootings today in Tucson.

15 comments:

Sharon said...

It is awful. We have been listening to it today.

Lesa said...

Sharon, it is awful. I've been watching the news, and called my sister who was watching. My sister works for the Ohio legislature, and I wanted to reach out to her.

le0pard13 said...

This is one sad and awful event. Nothing justifies this... nothing.

Lesa said...

I totally agree with you, Michael. Nothing.

bermudaonion said...

What a tragedy for our country. I've been praying for all of the victims today.

Lesa said...

It is a terrible tragedy, Kathy, and it's hard to know what to say at a time like this. Each time something like this happens, it just tears the country apart a little more. It's such a tragedy.

Beth Hoffman said...

This has shaken me terribly. When I heard on the news what the shooter had been posting on his MySpage Page, I was horrified.

I agree with you, Lesa -- "Each time something like this happens, it just tears the country apart a little more."

Lesa said...

I haven't heard, Beth, what the shooter was posting. I switched from the news because I just couldn't listen anymore. It was giving me an actual headache. I'm sure I'll find out later tonight, online, or in the newspaper tomorrow. It's shaken me, too, and that's why I called my sister. I just had to reach out.

Beth Groundwater said...

I'll be praying for comfort for the families of the six who died and praying for full recovery for the twelve victims being treated in the hospital. This is truly a tragedy.

Lesa said...

I know it is, Beth. At a time like this, I don't know what to do, except pray.

Bev Stephans said...

It is a shame that anyone in the public eye is a target for misguided souls. Not only the person targeted, but the other people around her who were killed and wounded. I only hope that there are answers out there. I wish I had the answer, but I don't.

My thoughts for all the families involved.

kathy d. said...

It is a horrible tragedy, I agree.

There is a lot yet unknown about the shooter, others possibly involved, what the motive is. But to deal with anything by this horrendous violence is terrible.

There is a lot going on in this tragedy, I fear.

And, yes, the known shooter did post horrific things at his website.

I don't want to sully this lovely website writing about that. It will be in the news.

I hope that Rep. Giffords survives and so, too, do the other people.

And, I hope, too, that there are lessons learned and the hostility and violence are quelled that are part of the national discourse, as the newspeople put it.

Lesa said...

I agree. I really only had to comment because of Rep. Giffords concerns for reading and literacy. It's such a tragedy for her family, and all of the people and families involved.

kathy d. said...

Apparently, as the press reports, Rep. Giffords' office was vandalized previously and she'd gotten threats.

She was targeted last year by name on websites.

I hope that everything comes out in the press, and I, along with everyone, hope that she fully recovers and so do all of the other victims.

Lesa said...

I remember when Congresswoman Giffords' office was vandalized at the time of the health care vote. Ironic, isn't it, that the legislature is talking abour repealing health care now? And, today was opening day for Arizona's legislature. They've tempered it down due to the tragedy, but the first bill to be filed today was to allow guns to be carried on college campuses. I don't need to say anything more.