As U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords clings to life after surviving a close range shot to her temple and while 6 others died, 12 wounded in a shooting rampage, questions are being asked as to why.
Her father Spencer Gifford was questioned by the NY Post, as he entered the hospital, if his 40-year old daughter had any enemies and he answered “Yeah, the whole Tea Party.” Gifford 2010 opponent for the 2010 election was Tea Party candidate Jesse Kelly.
Gifford had come under intensive criticism for supporting Obama’s health care reform bill. She was also one of Sarah Palin’s infamous ‘crosshairs” legislators, who she vowed had to be removed from office. Palin’s Political Action Committee introduced the ‘cross-hairs’ list by the motto: “Don’t retreat, instead-RELOAD!”
Days later Gifford’s Congressional office was vandalized. Even Kelly used violent rhetoric in his campaign by holding an event prompted as “Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.”
The alleged shooter, Jared Loughner a 22-year old white male, is in custody but no motives are known at the point.