Monday, August 10, 2009

Gun at Giffords Douglas AZ Event

(Photo-Congresswoman Giffords at Tucson Medical Center 8/7/09)

Liza's comment at the last thread let me know about a Huffington Post article on the gun that showed up at the Douglas, AZ "Meet and Greet" event held by Rep. Giffords (D-AZ) last week.

It turns out that prior to that event, the Service Employees International Union received a phone call which declared, "Stop trying to repress people's First Amendment rights... That, or you all are gonna come up against the Second Amendment."

Then they find a loaded weapon apparently dropped by one of the tea party crowd attending the event. This comes after at least one death threat and the lynching of effigies of elected officials identified by name.

Long before his election I posted my concerns for Barack Obama's safety, arguably the most at risk POTUS in history. I pray for his safety and the highest diligence possible of the Secret Service. However, members of Congress do not remotely have the security resources of the Secret Service.

Update: The gun-toting protester shown here at an Obama event was holding a sign referencing the Jefferson quote: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

The unconscionable instigation of the worst of the herd, the talk of "death panels" before people stupid enough to believe it, strokes the fingers at the triggers and forces our elected leaders to take steps for their own safety. Then the same goons condemn these officials when they decline to stand in front of the firing squad.


Blogger Liza said...

The comment thread on that article on Huffpo is getting ready to break 5,000.

I googled - gun meeting "Gabrielle Giffords" - and got 17,000 hits.

Well, the Tucson tea baggers are getting some exposure, but probably not the kind they like.

Ha ha.

8/10/2009 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Scarlett Letter said...

Maybe they are shooting themselves in the foot on this one?

We can only hope.

8/10/2009 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a minute.

Are we really supposed to believe that someone dropped this gun by accident?

Have you ever left a loaded gun somewhere by mistake?

8/10/2009 8:50 PM  
Anonymous Sarka Scapula said...

No, guns only go off on accident now and then.

I can see it now, the first teabag martyr.

8/10/2009 9:57 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

That comment thread on Huffpo went over 6,000 last night.

So, in honor of the Tucson Tea Party and their love of country music, I would like to post the lyrics of Steve Earle's "The Devil's Right Hand." TTP, you might want to pay particular attention to this line (about the pistol): "It can get you into trouble but it can't get you out."

The Devil's Right Hand
(Steve Earle)

About the time that Daddy left to fight the big war
I saw my first pistol in the general store
In the general store, when I was thirteen
Thought it was the finest thing I ever had seen
So l asked if I could have one someday when I grew up
Mama dropped a dozen eggs, she really blew up
She really blew up and I didn't understand
Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand

The devil's right hand, the devil's right hand
Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand

My very first pistol was a cap and ball Colt
Shoot as fast as lightnin' but it loads a mite slow
Loads a mite slow and soon I found out
It can get you into trouble but it can't get you out
So then I went and bought myself a Colt 45
Called a peacemaker but I never knew why
Never knew why, I didn't understand
Cause Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand

Well I get into a card game in a company town
Caught a miner cheating I shot the dog down
Shot the dog down, watched the man fall
Never touched his holster, never had a chance to draw
The trial was in the morning and they drug me out of bed
Asked me how I pleaded, not guilty I said
Not guilty I said, you've got the wrong man
Nothing touched the trigger but the devil's right hand

8/11/2009 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What kind of gun was it? Who is the gun registered to? How do you know it was loaded?

This is a bunch of nonsense made up by Giffords staff as a smokescreen to distract us from the truth. That, and to get attention and sympathy.

The phone call was probably fake too.

8/11/2009 8:00 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

Another one on Talking Points Memo, check it out.

8/11/2009 10:08 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

This is some country music that everyone can enjoy. Seriously. This is the Hiqhwaymen's (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson) version of The Devil's Right Hand on YouTube.

8/11/2009 10:18 AM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

Unbelievable. Just unbelievable.

It's like watching an explosion in slow motion. I'm not a statistics geek, but you can just about bet that someone is going to get shot before this mess is over.

8/11/2009 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Observer said...

Chris Matthews had the guy with the gun at the Obama event on Hardball today. I'm with Navigator. This whole thing is just unbelievable.

THIS IS RACISM. If the President were white, none of what we are seeing would be happening. NONE OF IT!

8/11/2009 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well so what do we do to stop this and stomp this out? Counter mobilize? Let them be as wacko as the can be and just let the backlash cometh? I am writing to support my reps and am also donating. I am also trying to find ways to get rid of the most incompetent legislature (Arizonas!!!) that I have ever in my life seen.

Remember folks, im from West Virginia!!!!


8/11/2009 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When guns are outlawed, only outlaws and liberals will have guns.

8/11/2009 9:51 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

And, of course, there is the SWASTIKA that was spray painted on the sign outside of the Georgia office of black congressman, David Scott. This goes along with the death threats he has received.

If this is not domestic terrorism, then what is?

8/12/2009 9:05 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

Kral (Anon @8:51PM),
I think that what you are already doing is the right thing. Those of us who support health care reform need to make this known to our representatives. Call, write, or e-mail.
Also, it is very important that the Democratic representatives do not hide in closets and hope that the tidal wave passes over them, leaving them unscathed.
No one expects them to put themselves in physical danger, but they had best start getting creative about how they communicate with constituents. To retreat in fear is absolutely the worst thing they can do.
It will be interesting to see what David Scott does. Brothers don't scare so easy.
What happened to Giffords is nothing less than political gold, if her handlers figure out how to work it. She was up on Huffpo all day, and she is still on their "Most Popular" list.

8/12/2009 9:19 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

Oh, yeah, Kral, one more thing.
Your voice is needed on the "liberal" blogs. Hanging out in the local wingnut echo chambers is not effectively disseminating what you have to say.

Stay over here, at least part of the time.

8/12/2009 9:23 AM  
Blogger Policon said...

You don't suppose the gun was dropped by accident the same way the outdated baby formula suddenly appeared on Basha's shelves moments before the government inspectors of baby formula dates arrived at the store?

Liza, how wacko is it exactly to ask that our free enterprise economy be preserved? You can bitch all day long, but we've gone further with it than the communists have gone with the government-centered one you dream of.

Observer- You are wrong. It is not about racism, no matter how much you wish it was. It is about a socialist/communist philosophy at odds with the sensibilities of Americans. We'll buy the utopian smooze to a point, then our Missouri "show me" common sense takes over. Go with your gut, x4mr, as in Tucson, so in Washington. You want raincoats or corvettes?

8/12/2009 9:06 PM  
Blogger Liza said...


I can bitch all day long about "free enterprise" and I dream of a communist government.


8/12/2009 9:29 PM  
Blogger Policon said...

You don't think Obama intends to achieve the single payer outcome he's promoted for the past five years?

You don't believe his lawyer/social services background favors government as the solution of choice to most problems?

You don't believe your own lieing eyes over the past six months (how many czars are we up to)?

You hated the Bush dictatorship but you love the Pelosi/Obama version.

8/12/2009 9:39 PM  
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