U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords lists among her "Favorite Quotations" on her Facebook page
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, ...let us strive on to finish the work we are in,...to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” -- Abraham Lincoln.
Today, however, malice was directed toward Congresswoman Giffords (D-AZ) and her 8th District constituents in her home of Tucson, Arizona.
As reported on DigitalJournal.com
, Rep. Giffords, 40, was shot on Jan. 8 during a "Congress on Your Corner" event.
According to Giffords' Congressional page
, this was Giffords first “'Congress on Your Corner' of the year" which "allows residents of Arizona’s 8th Congressional District to meet their congresswoman one-on-one and discuss with her any issue, concern or problem involving the federal government."
It has since been learned that the Congresswoman was shot through the head, underwent surgery, and hospital officials are "optimistic." MSNBC
also reports that many were injured and five people were killed, including U.S. District Court Judge John M. Roll and "a 9-year-old child."
According to MSNBC
, "Police say the shooter was in custody, and was identified by people familiar with the investigation as Jared Loughner, 22. Pima County Sheriff's officials said he used a pistol to carry out the shooting spree. U.S. officials who provided his name to the AP spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release it publicly."
In a YouTube video attributed to Jared Lee Loughner, which was posted approximately about three weeks ago, Loughner states, in part:
This video is my introduction to you! My favorite activity is conscience dreaming: the greatest inspiration for my political business information. Some of you don’t dream – sadly.
In conclusion, my ambition – is for informing literate dreamers about a new currency; in a few days, you know I’m conscience dreaming! Thank you!
The MSNBC report also indicates that federal law enforcement officials were analyzing Loughner's MySpace page after the shooting incident. According to MSNBC, "The MySpace page, which was removed within minutes of the gunman being identified by U.S. officials, included a mysterious 'Goodbye friends' message published hours before the shooting and exhorted his friends to 'Please don't be mad at me.'"