As the nation prays for Arizona Congress member Gabrielle Giffords, a petition has been established to stop violence in America. On Saturday, Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head outside a Safeway in Tucson. She was holding a meet and greet outside the grocery store, to provide her the opportunity to reach out to the local community. During the attack, three of her staffers were shot, and six people died. The deaths included a judge and a beautiful nine year old girl, Christina Taylor Green, born on 9/11.
The shooter who has been identified as Jared Lee Loughner, appears to be a young man who was mentally unstable and may be schizophrenic. Others speculate that politicians such as Sarah Palin promoting hatred are at the root of the problem. In November of 2009, a staffer fearing for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ safety called police after someone dropped off a gun during another “Congress on your Corner” event at a local Safeway in her district.
And on March 22, 2010, just hours after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords cast her vote in favor of health care reform, a vandal jumped a gate and smashed the glass front door of her Arizona office. It was a few days later the infamous Sarah Palin’s map featuring Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ district in the crosshairs was posted by Sarah Palin’s PAC. Sarah Palin posted on Twitter urging her supporters “Don’t retreat. Instead — reload!”
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords – appeared on MSNBC in March of 2010 after her offices were vandalized and death threats received. Here is what she said: “Sarah Palin has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district and when people do that, they’ve gotta realize there are consequences to that action.”
Since the shooting on Saturday, Sarah Palin has removed the crosshairs map from her official website and has issued the following statement on her Facebook page: ” 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.” Should Palin tone down her political message?
You can join over 100,000 others who have signed the petition to stop violence. You can click here to sign. Thoughts and prayers go out to Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, her family and the others involved in the senseless Tucson shooting.