Folks have asked for a thread to discuss the ongoing situation with Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot today, along with several others, at a meet-and-greet at a Tucson supermarket. Here you go.
My thoughts on it at the moment:
1. It’s a terrible thing that’s happened, and I suspect nearly all people are properly shocked.
2. At the moment, we don’t have any information about the motives for the shooting and until we do, I am personally going to avoid ascribing political motivation to it. I want to know more about the “why” first.
3. In the thread you don’t need to maintain the same “wait and see” attitude I have, but inasmuch as this is a highly charged incident, I’m going to ask each of you to be on your best behavior with each other while taking part in the discussion. This means both keeping one’s temper and having patience with those you see losing theirs. You can assume I already have the mallet pre-warmed and ready to go, and it’s a lovely time to re-acquaint yourself with the site comment policy.
I’ll have more detailed thoughts on the event later, I’m sure. In the meantime, go ahead and talk to each other.