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Kansas officials outraged by Ariz. shooting rampage

January 9, 2011

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— Kansas officials say their prayers are with the victims of an Arizona shooting rampage that killed at least five people and wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder called the shooting a "senseless tragedy" in a statement and said it was a "horrifically sad day."

Republican Congressman Jerry Moran said in a statement that Giffords "understands the value of listening to the concerns of her constituents." The shooting happened outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents.

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, said in a statement that he was thinking about the congresswoman's friends, family, staff and all those affected.

Police say the shooter is in custody. The dead include a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.

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pace 3 years, 3 months ago

I don't know what motivated the shooting, if he acted alone, if he was mentally deranged and if he was influenced by politics and which side. One of Giffords' favorite charities now has a special fund,Those wishing to donate can log on to: www.communityfoodbank.org . I thought it was nice of the family to direct support for them in this way. It is the old neighborly, bringing a dish to the family, in this case to the community table. I feel that any donation to local food banks in honor of her service and in reaction to the attack would be appropriate.

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CorkyHundley 3 years, 3 months ago

Relieved? That's it? People were murdered because of this liberal.

These DRD 4 Genies and their years of insane ideas have made it so difficult to lock up mentally sick people, that they have to make up stories by blaming others for their own mistakes.

This Dude can't help but act this way. He has a mental disorder. Harvard has identified it.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 3 months ago

And then another twist: "This is the report that Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has been dreading since the tragic event on Saturday January 8. The sheriff has been editorializing and politicizing the event since he took the podium to report on the incident. His blaming of radio personalities and bloggers is a pre-emptive strike because Mr. Dupnik knows this tragedy lays at his feet and his office. Six people died on his watch and he could have prevented it. He needs to step up and start apologizing to the families of the victims instead of spinning this event to serve his own political agenda. Jared Loughner, pronounced by the Sheriff as Lock-ner, saying it was the Polish pronunciation. Of course he meant Scott or Irish but that isn’t the point. The point is he and his office have had previous contact with the alleged assailant in the past and that is how he knows how to pronounce the name. Jared Loughner has been making death threats by phone to many people in Pima County including staff of Pima Community College, radio personalities and local bloggers. When Pima County Sheriff’s Office was informed, his deputies assured the victims that he was being well managed by the mental health system. It was also suggested that further pressing of charges would be unnecessary and probably cause more problems than it solved as Jared Loughner has a family member that works for Pima County. Amy Loughner is a Natural Resource specialist for the Pima County Parks and Recreation. My sympathies and my heart goes out to her and the rest of Mr. Loughner’s family. This tragedy must be tearing them up inside wondering if they had done the right things in trying to manage Jared’s obvious mental instability. Every victim of his threats previously must also be wondering if this tragedy could have been prevented if they had been more aggressive in pursuing charges against Mr. Loughner. Perhaps with a felony conviction he would never have been able to lawfully by the Glock 9mm Model 19 that he used to strike down the lives of six people and decimate 14 more..." http://thechollajumps.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/jared-loughner-is-a-product-of-sheriff-dupniks-office/

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jayhawklawrence 3 years, 3 months ago

I seem to recall a political event about a year ago where people walked around with semi-automatic rifles as a kind of protest or political statement of some kind.

Given this week's event, do you really think they would try to do the same thing again without getting an extremely negative reaction?

My guess is they would not care and they would do the same again. That is how stubborn some of these guys are. I think it is definitely time for the brats in Congress to start acting like responsible adults and tone down the rhetoric. And I would definitely be ready to pull the plug on some talk shows if they don't do the same.

At least go after their advertisers and ask them to pull the plug.

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rockchalk1977 3 years, 3 months ago

The Washington Post is now reporting that Loughner registered to vote on Sept. 29, 2006, identifying himself as an independent. Records show he voted in the 2006 and 2008 elections but is current listed as "inactive" on the state's voter roles meaning that he did not vote in November. Loughner's decision to affiliate as an independent rather than a Republican or Democrat would seem to affirm the sense that while he targeted Giffords in the attack, it was not a decision born of a set of deeply held political beliefs that fit neatly into either party.

Does this sounds like a typical "teabag loon" to you? All you free speech loving liberals should now apologize, for your rush to judgment, to the following people... Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, Angle, Brewer, O'Reilly and all the others.

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Cait McKnelly 3 years, 3 months ago

"What we can tell about the AZ shooter: He was a pseudo-intellectual (look at his list of fave books. Nothing surprising, it's all very obvious) with mental illness who didn't have the ability to face the truth of the government without some sort of ability to 'shake it off' and live his life. Among his faves were high-school classics like Animal Farm and Fahrenheit 451 and "let's ps off people" classics like Mein Kampf and The Commie Manifesto. I claimed to like those books in HS too, to ps people off. He could only be more cliche if he'd included Catcher in the Rye. "

This is the take on the shooter of a very good friend of mine who is in his twenties. I think it's pretty spot on.

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pace 3 years, 3 months ago

One of Giffords' favorite charities creates special fund,Those wishing to donate can log on to: www.communityfoodbank.org . I thought it was nice of the family to direct support for them n this way. It is the old neighborly, bringing a dish to the family, in this case to the community table. I feel that any donation to local food banks in honor of her service and in reaction to the attack would be appropriate.

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none2 3 years, 3 months ago

This is totally off the subject...

I'm just curious why an article about Kansas officials comes from Kansas CIty, MO? Obviously some Kansas officials may be in the metro area, but on the Kansas side. Is KCMO the city listed because that is where the AP has an office? I'm just curious.

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tomatogrower 3 years, 3 months ago

Wouldn't it be nice if Palin and Gifford's opponent would just come out and say, "if our ads and websites helped to incite this nutcase, then we are very sorry". I'm pretty sure they didn't really mean to incite real violence. I may not agree with their politics, but I don't think they are evil people like this guy. I would be nice if Beck and Rush would do the same, but I can't see that ever happening.

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BABBOY 3 years, 3 months ago

All of you have lost your perspective.

A crazy man has shot all of these people and all of you losers want to debate liberal verses conservative?

I think you all need to get jobs, get a life, and stop posting meaningless hateful crap. I am not perfect and have wasted to much time posting stupid things and justified it by just saying I counter-punching idiots that needed to be set straight.

It is now clear to me that I am just arguing with stupid, crazy people that do no respect life and think their bold anonymous statements will somehow cause people to think as they do....

I am going to try to stick to posting about sports. It is equally lame and anonymous but at least harmless and meaningless.

Political blogging showed promise with the whole discussion of free ideas but it has just turned into meaningless banter at each other which sometimes turns to terrible violence...

My sympathies to all who were injured, hurt, and died in this terrible event.

Pray for this country. It is in serious trouble.

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whats_going_on 3 years, 3 months ago

With all due respect to all parties involved and greatest sympathies to family and friends, I'm getting really tired of this story. Well, mainly the finger pointing going along with it. He's liberal-He's crazy-He's on weed-He's a Republican-WHATEVER!! Bring him to justice, and once we find out (IF we find out) that it was politically motivated, then we can work out what really happened. There's no point to assume anything at this point.

Ugh.

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bondmen 3 years, 3 months ago

Anybody recently been to the Democrat Underground website to read the rantings and ravings of leftists lathering up a poisonous, putrid foam on their lips? You talk about some lefty loonies on the loose! But I digress. We should focus on progressive hate to see the genesis of deconstructive, deleterious debate:

The progressive “climate of hate:” An illustrated primer, 2000-2010

http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/10/the-progressive-climate-of-hate-an-illustrated-primer-2000-2010/

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Agnostick 3 years, 3 months ago

The violent extreme-right and their messengers have begun to issue their talking points, using Rovian strategery.

Extremists, look for this email in your inbox, please:


Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun” Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!” Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!” Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard” Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose *** to kick.“ Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat” Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.” Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.” Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”


Also, the following soundbite should get heavy rotation over the next week or so.

That is all...

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jayhawklawrence 3 years, 3 months ago

It seems that the issue here is how much the vitriolic political rhetoric influences people to act in a manner that is not normal or appropriate. Another question is how to measure which groups are most effected and how.

Looking at the behavior of Congress and some sections of the media over the last 2 years, I think we are starting to understand that there is definitely a cause and effect. The actions of our nation's leaders and the junk that comes out of their mouths does have a very negative effect.

Most business owners that I know are Republicans. What their representatives in Congress say and do has a direct bearing on how they run their businesses and how they purchase, hire and expand their operations. If the Republican leadership does not want the economy to improve for political reasons, it generally does not not.

We just came out of the worst economic debacle since the Great Depression and all Congress did was fight for 2 years. We still do not have the kind of financial reform most Americans are looking for. We still know that Wall Street does about whatevery they want and the banks are gambling with our money and investing in our overseas competition. Nothing has changed.

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yankeevet 3 years, 3 months ago

Five american soldiers died a few weeks ago; and the media coverage was nothing; compared to what is going on now with this Arizona shooting.

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overplayedhistory 3 years, 3 months ago

News Flash! when you choose a partisan political target, and your not trying to impress Jodi Foster then it is a political assassination.

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CorkyHundley 3 years, 3 months ago

He failed the drug test to join the military. He had maryjane in his blood.

Don't worry though. Maryjane is good for you. That's why the Democrat clan is trying to legalize it.

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overplayedhistory 3 years, 3 months ago

Why did he choose a dem who voted for health care and not a Republican? lots of Republicans smoke pot they are called libertarians. Leftist don't like guns and he shot A democrat how does that make him a leftist? Only one side grasping at straws to twist the narrative, the far Right.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 3 months ago

By some accounts, the guy smoked a lot of weed. Connection to his mental state?

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bondmen 3 years, 3 months ago

I dare say there are some leftists posting here wishing to use this tragedy to benefit their desired expansion of government and they don't care how many dead bodies it takes to move their radical agenda forward!

Have they not bothered to read the information available about this lunatic shooter to understand he had serious personal issues unconnected to the real world of modern political discourse. Look at his videos. Read his poetic rants and ravings. Read what his fellow students and teachers had to say about his very strange behavior in the college classroom. See the UK story about the devilish shrine in his backyard. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/01/10/2011-01-10_chilling_shrine_in_madmans_yard.html

Remember it is Obama who said "if the opposition brings a stick then we'll bring a gun" to community events! Remember transformational Marxists, via Sal Alinsky's teachings, purpose to never waste an opportunity of tragedy to advance the leftist cause! Watch as they try and stifle free speech and impose more gun control on law abiding citizens.

The People must stand up and say NO, no lunatic used by the left to advance their cause will take these freedoms and rights from US!

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TopJayhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

And this happened all over the Country. I have worked in Mental Health for over thirty yrs. I say it happen, I lived it. So don't even try to argue with me.
And to all the liberals out there. You guys don't even ask the right questions. And the Sherriff should have kept his mouth shut. Giving out your personal opinion in situations like that is totally unproffesional, and he should be recalled.

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TopJayhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Here's the deal. About twenty yrs ago. Gov Graves and Rachelle Chronister the director of SRS at the time decided to close a lot of state hospitals.
Republicans were all for this as they thought they would save a lot of money. Democrats were all for this as they thought it was important to save the "dignity" of the mentally ill.
Problem is that with the revolving doors at the MH agencies-like Bert Nash, and the abuse this has led to at ER's, and short term treatment facilities, there is no money being saved. And their is no dignity in sleeping an a refrigerator box under a bridge.
So no one wins. except the slap-happy politicians that don't care abour reality. They can hide behind their lies and smoke and mirrors.
And in the meantime, people just keep dying.

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Mike Ford 3 years, 3 months ago

who did the shooter listen too? who has acted nuts to win elections on nothing but fervor and anger....not us...again it's on the loud people...who have I been calling loud people since barry penders was on here. you own it.

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red_devil 3 years, 3 months ago

What a bunch of brainless d***s. People are dead and you people are only worried about politics and placing blame on a party. Losers. You're part of the reason this country is going to hell!!!

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Mike Ford 3 years, 3 months ago

I've never read Meinkempf. It sounds to me like the readings of a fascist. Here's an identification list for the thought deficient: 1. Creating a sense of superiority through religion and patriotism to judge others as loons and not worthy .2. Trying to constantly influence others to think like them through name calling judging and shaming, 3, trying to hammer through the same pointless social issues over and over, 4. Never admitting they're wrong. Having said this you know who you are, we know who you are, and why do you persist in great denial at what you do?

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BornAgainAmerican 3 years, 3 months ago

Reports from those who knew the shooter describe him as left leaning. Books read by the shootist include the Communist Manifesto and Meinkampf. Now tell me what your Lamestream Media is reporting...

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BornAgainAmerican 3 years, 3 months ago

Clarence Dupnik is a very partisan Democratic Sheriff who had no business interjecting his very partisan personal opinions at this point in time. His comments were inappropriate and unprofessional. As even he admits in this interview it is purely his opinion. His politics should not have been a part of his update on teh status of this heinous act at this point in time. He can't prove any of his rants.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01...

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BornAgainAmerican 3 years, 3 months ago

Here's one for all you leftys to chew on:

Daily Kos joined in the criticism, and the blog's founder, Markos Moulitsas, tweeted early yesterday, "Mission accomplished, Sarah Palin," with a link to Palin's map.

Moulitsas, however, had also posted what he called a "target list" identifying Giffords. In a 2008 Daily Kos post, Moulitsas listed Giffords as one of dozens of representatives with "a bull's-eye on their district" for being a "bad apple" Democrat.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/6/...

Read more: Look who else put 'bull's-eye' on Giffords http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=249273#ixz...

Could be that this is what set the shootist off on his rampage. Think?

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 3 months ago

The news services have been noting that this disturbed individual was influanced by the poisonous atmosphere created in the country mainly by the teabag loons and their godess, Sara Palin. The sheriff in the county gave his opinion on this and I concur with him and others completely. But while Palin and the tea loons arecertanily deserving of this tag, I have heard no one mention the main culprit, the most vicious rabble rouser of them all, who has made a corporate enterpise and cash cow out of his definations of "conservative" and "liberal". Rush Limbaugh is the most despicable and degenerate of the herd and yet no one has mentioned his culpability to my knowledge. And those morons who send him money for his t-shirts, ball hats and newsletters are supporting him in much the same way the disturbed idiots who support the Phelpses.

Why does this son of Satan get a pass? He has been formulating rhetoric and assinine dialog with his callers for many years advocating the destruction of elected officials, legal government, and anything that will earn him a buck or two from his dysfunctional admirers.

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purplesage 3 years, 3 months ago

Why have we heard noting about the others who were killed? And the conditions of the hospitalized remain a mystery.

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verity 3 years, 3 months ago

Zaid Jilani, ThinkProgress: "As Egyptian Copts attended mass at churches across the country, 'thousands' of Muslims, including 'the two sons of President Hosni Mubarak,' joined them, acting as “human shields” to protect from terrorist attacks by extremists. The Muslims organized under the slogan 'We either live together, or we die together,' inspired by Mohamed El-Sawy, an Egyptian artist."

Muslims make up 80% and 90% of the population with 10% and 20% of the population belonging to the native Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, an Oriental Orthodox Christian Church.

It looks like we could learn something from them.

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justfornow 3 years, 3 months ago

From what I can see the Tea party folks are older and wouldn't harm a fly.....nice try! I hope the elected officials start representing the people or this will be the norm. If we have laws on the books enforce them....no gray areas!

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blindrabbit 3 years, 3 months ago

Part of the vitriol of the Arizona situation was a result of our illustrious new Secretary of State Herr Kris Kobach meddling into Immigration issues that were whipped up by McCain, Kyl, Palin, Brewer and that idiot Maricopa Sheriff. Kansas ain't far off either with Brownback, Jenkins, Roberts and Kobach; we'll reap what we sow.

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edjayhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

What a dumb article. Who wouldn't be outraged?

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Mike Ford 3 years, 3 months ago

If Yoder and the other chameleons distance themselves from the tea party clowns where will they get the anger from that got them to office. They have no substance, without harnessing anger, they have nothing. They went to the circus, they recruited the clowns, they answer to the clowns. Run, chameleons, run.

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raw 3 years, 3 months ago

Republican and tea party outrage rings hollow.

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Cait McKnelly 3 years, 3 months ago

Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.

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Number_1_Grandma 3 years, 3 months ago

And the advertisement on this page is for S.W.A.T assault game....nice LJW....tacky!

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macon47 3 years, 3 months ago

methinks you worry too much about too little

on the flip side, the community is outraged that this was all caused by sarah palins advertisng but seem to brush off the killer was a degernate pot smoker living in his parents basement becuase he had no talent, no one would hire him and it was everyone elses fault

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swan_diver 3 years, 3 months ago

Thy chickens will be coming home to roost.

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huskerpower 3 years, 3 months ago

"The dead include a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl."

Couldn't have worded that just a little bit better?

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