Gabrielle Giffords Gun Incident in 2009

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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

H/T Memeorandum

Cross posted at Proof Positive


  1. Yep, a good idea to wait and let the facts fall together.

  2. Officer Marcus Gonzalez, who is the the spokesman for the police in Douglas, Arizona, has now filled me in on exactly what happened at that meet-and-greet last week by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) -- the one where somebody dropped a gun.
    "Apparently, there was no police report taken, the reason being that it was an accidental drop of a gun," Gonzalez explained to me. "Apparently, a male gentleman that went to the meeting had a gun holstered on his side. And when he sat down, it fell out of his holster."
    Police were not called to the scene, but were already there to maintain public order and provide security for the Congresswoman. They immediately looked into this, and it turned out the man owned the gun and was legally carrying it -- like our friend in New Hampshire, he was legally carrying the weapon out in the open, and did not need any concealed-carry permit.


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