Ms. Giffords in happier times
In all the rush to judgment over the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, there was an eerily strange bit in the NYT account.
in August 2009, when there were demonstrations against the health care measure across the nation, a protester who showed up to meet Ms. Giffords at a supermarket event similar to Saturday’s was removed by the police when the pistol he had holstered under his armpit fell and bounced on the floor.
Arizona is an "open carry" state. Is this anecdote from 2009 an indication that she aroused strong feelings in the past, and an incident was prevented? Or does this simply mean that someone, possibly even an ardent supporter of hers, was lawfully carrying a firearm that somehow got dislodged from its holster, prompting the police response? I don't know. This is not the time for over generalizations about politics or gun control. What I've seen so far about the shooter tends to portray him as a nut job, perhaps even psychotic.
All I'm saying is keep your powder dry* until all the facts are out.
*Closed Captioning for the Language Impaired: Figuratively speaking
Cross posted at Proof Positive