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Congresswoman Giffords' Name On Sarah Palin Target List

While we still don't know much about the motives of the alleged 22-year-old gunman involved in today's tragic shooting, Gabrielle Giffords' name was included on a target list put together by Sarah Palin. This list focused on ousting from office 20 members of Congress in Republican districts who voted for President Obama's health care reform bill calling for them to be replaced "with good conservatives. As you can see, sniper scope graphics blanket the "Take Back the 20" map.

Read about Palin's campaign on her Facebook page.

Giffords herself found the crosshairs disturbing. She was interviewed on MSNBC last year after her office was vandalised. Said the Congresswoman at the time, "We're on Sarah Palin's targeted list, but, the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted, has the crosshairs of a gunsight over our district. When people do that, they've got to realize there's consequences to that action."

After today's tragic events, it's quite eerie to hear Giffords say that she's "not fearful" for her safety after having her office attacked. Watch, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Great news that the Congresswoman has been in surgery and seems to be responsive.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 8, 2011 3:36:37 PM

  2. Politicians need to realize that people listen to their words and they need to be chosen carefully.

    Posted by: Kerry | Jan 8, 2011 3:41:49 PM

  3. Unfortunately, the headline will probably read: "Assassina­ted by Right-Wing Terrorists­" This is the legacy of Bush-Chene­y amplified by McCain-Pal­in and the Tea Baggers, with plenty of blood on the hands of McConnell, Boner, O'Really, Beck, Limbaugh and all the haters at the Fox Noise contingent­. When is Obama going to call out the National Guard to secure the state of Arizona from these Right Wing Terrorists­? When are the haters going to be held to account for inciting terrorism?

    Posted by: VictorG | Jan 8, 2011 3:47:54 PM

  4. A poster at Americablog reports that this graphic has already been pulled from Palin's site.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 8, 2011 3:49:15 PM

  5. The uneducated, gun-toting wingnuts in Arizona at work....

    When will we see that our words result in violence? 2nd Amendment rights - are you kidding me? Gun control now!

    Posted by: steve | Jan 8, 2011 3:52:35 PM

  6. pinning this on Sarah Palin (or any Tea Party member) is a bit premature, don't you think?

    Posted by: m | Jan 8, 2011 3:53:12 PM

  7. Goodbye 2012

    Posted by: Richie | Jan 8, 2011 3:53:27 PM

  8. sarah palin should watch she says things have a way of coming full circle. palin should be on every thinking americans hit list. right wing nut jobs are out of controll fueled by the likes of palin bachmann beck oreilly and limberger the big cheese. time for fucks news to go away.

    Posted by: walter | Jan 8, 2011 3:59:18 PM

  9. M: It's not at all unreasonable to assume this is political. It might well turn out not to be. But that imagery and Angle's (and others') words about "2nd Amendment remedies" are an outrage regardless.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Jan 8, 2011 3:59:42 PM

  10. @M no...

    Posted by: John | Jan 8, 2011 4:07:29 PM

  11. SARAH PALIN STATEMENT (I think she's gonna have to do some damage control)....

    3:03 PM ET

    Palin: Shooting 'Tragic'

    Sarah Palin has issued a brief statement on the shooting:

    My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today's tragic shooting in Arizona.

    On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice

    Posted by: CB | Jan 8, 2011 4:17:21 PM

  12. While it looks as if she'll recover, a Federal Judge was actually killed at the same event. Here's his bio from Judgepedia:

    Judge Roll in 2009, faced death threats after presiding over a $32 million civil-rights lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by illegal immigrants against an Arizona rancher. After Judge Roll ruled the case would be certified, threats came from talk-radio shows which fueled controversy and spurred audiences into making threats against the judge[2].
    The threats materialized after one show, Judge Roll's name logged more than 200 phone calls as some callers threatened the judge and his family[2].
    This resulted in the judge and his wife were under a protection detail for one month as Judge Roll was given twenty four hours a day, seven days a week security by the US Marshals Service. An US Attorney's investigation ruled that four men were identified as threat makers, but no charges were filed[

    Posted by: Ty Nolan | Jan 8, 2011 4:20:34 PM

  13. Jared Loughner - the suspect in custody, posted a very interesting video on YouTube. Plainly, he is not a fan of government.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 8, 2011 4:24:26 PM

  14. Looks like they brought down the whole website... Idiot Repugs..

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 8, 2011 4:24:47 PM

  15. it goes without saying that Palin's rhetoric has been, at the very least, incendiary... and dangerous. however, it is indeed premature to blame Sarah Palin before we know anything about the gunman.

    nothing would give me greater pleasure than to have Sarah Palin and the Tea Party disgraced, but not like this. if and when it is determined that the shooter is a Tea Party member, i'll revise my outlook. until then, the only person to blame is the one who committed such a senseless act.

    Posted by: m | Jan 8, 2011 4:27:02 PM

  16. Palin, teabaggers, Fox News and all the right wingers who deal in hateful, violent rhetoric are most likely the blame for this.

    Posted by: Lee | Jan 8, 2011 4:30:55 PM

  17. Wanna bet come Monday or Tuesday, Sarah announces she's going for season two of her disgusting show? She may as well; now if she runs for Prez, this is gonna come back to haunt her and raise issues with her ongoing stupidity.

    I cannot tell you how much I despise the GOP, right now, because they threw gasoline on the fire of the TeaBaggers...and still are, the bastards.

    Posted by: Kyle Sullivan | Jan 8, 2011 4:37:22 PM

  18. Looks like Loughner, like Antonin Scalia, is a strict constitutionalist.
    As well as a serious distaste for progressivism.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jan 8, 2011 4:38:34 PM

  19. This is still up on Palin's Facebook page, getting comments by the minute...

    Posted by: Tribute | Jan 8, 2011 4:43:42 PM

  20. Just watched Jared Loughner's YouTube video. I think he's gonna plead insanity.

    Posted by: Kyle Sullivan | Jan 8, 2011 4:44:14 PM

  21. Oh my God, how would she like it if people put the crosshairs on her?! Apparently to her free speech also means not taking responsibility for anything you say or for the people who listen to you.

    Posted by: X | Jan 8, 2011 4:48:34 PM

  22. @M - how many more need to die for it to be appropriate to call the hate-mongers to task?

    Now its time to watch the networks air a week long dog and pony show of crocodile tears from Bachmann, Palin & co. decrying the very violence they helped incite.

    F*ck these people.

    Posted by: AERES | Jan 8, 2011 4:55:44 PM

  23. Congressmen rarely get shot, but this will probably result in the use of secret service at more events. This might derail some of the tea party agenda the way the Oklahoma City bombing ended the contract with America in the 1990s. However, more paranoia in DC is never a good thing.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 8, 2011 4:55:49 PM

  24. What a tragedy. Prayers, healing thoughts to the Representative and the others wounded by this heinous act of extremism. Prayers, healing thoughts for the deceased.

    Perhaps this is an example of the "Second Amendment remedies" that Sharon Angle and the rest of the Tea-Party, republicon scum were threatening us with.

    It's time we stop playing around with these idiots and call them for what they are: terrorists.

    It's also time we remind the Sharon Angles and the Tea-Party subversives that the Second Amendment is a two-way street.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 8, 2011 4:56:45 PM

  25. This reminds me of O'Reilly's hounding of Dr. Tiller before his murder.

    Words matter.

    Posted by: jon.luddite | Jan 8, 2011 5:00:39 PM

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