Progressive and pro-equality Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords—who was on Sarah Palin's infamous "target" map last fall—was shot at point blank range in the head in Tucson, Arizona. Luckily, the congresswoman is still alive and
Six people were killed and 18 were injured in the shooting at a Safeway in northwest Tucson. U.S. District Judge John Roll was among the fatalities. The gunman was subdued and is in custody.
Giffords was hosting an event called "Congress on Your Corner." Adds the New York Times: "At one such event in 2009, a protester was removed by police when his pistol fell on the supermarket floor. This was her first event since her re-election to a third term in November."
Giffords was first elected to Congress in 2006 and was later targeted by Palin, Republicans and Tea Party supporters for supporting health care reform, immigration reform and a woman's right to choice. Giffords was a strong equality supporter, a member of the House LGBT Equality Caucus, and boasted an 81 percent Human Rights Campaign rating. Giffords voted to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Only yesterday, Giffords was on FOX discussing congressional pay salaries. Watch that video, as well as breaking news on the shooting and Giffords debate immigration AFTER THE JUMP ...