Law enforcement is saying that the Giffords’ shooter was one Jared Loughner, a student at Pima Community College.
Here’s his Youtube channel. Check out the references to “government controlling our minds by controlling grammar”, mind control, the unconstitutionality of tuition. There are references that make noises that sound like anarchism and atheism – but for the most part, he seems to be very, very mentally ill; if he is indeed the shooter behind the (as this is written) 1 to 4 dead, very very mentally ill.
Here’s an example:
Here’s another, from three weeks or so ago, with a few rather troubling bits in it:
looks just a tad mentally ill, from my utterly unqualified but common-sense-drenched perspective.
Judge for yourself.
Side note: Anyone trying to fob this maniac off on the Tea Party is going to have me to deal with. Don’t go there.
For the record, I’m with Speaker Boehner on this one:
“I am horrified by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and members of her staff. An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society. Our prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. This is a sad day for our country.”
And my prayers are with Rep. Giffords and her family, as well as all the other victims – however many there are.
UPDATE: I’m in the studio, with Ed, digging into whatever’s available about Mr. Loughner. So is Ed, over at HotAir.
UPDATE 2: Rep. Giffords is out of surgery – after having been reported as “dead” by NPR and Fox during the 1PM CT hour. There is apparently room for optimism about the Representative’s condition. She was (reportedly) shot in the temple at four feet range; perhaps the vagaries of ballistics and some excellent doctors have given her a miracle.