prayers for Gabrielle Giffords

(November, 2010: Representative Gabrielle Giffords hand delivers an Obama doll to the President)

ABC: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was among as many as 12 people wounded in a shooting at a Tucson, Ariz., grocery store where she was holding a campaign event. ABC affiliate KGUN-TV in Tucson reported that as many as 12 people had been shot, including Giffords. A law enforcement source told KGUN that the shooter was in custody. Giffords, a Democrat, was scheduled to hold a “Congress on Your Corner” event today at a supermarket in northwest Tucson.


President Obama: 

”This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot in Tuscon, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded.

“We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.”

This is Rep. Gabrielle Giffords talking last year about threats made against her and other Democrats:

President Barack Obama talks with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer concerning the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others, on a cell phone in the hallway outside the Situation Room of the White House, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama takes part in a conference call in the Situation Room of the White House concerning the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson, Az., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011.

Gabrielle Giffords with her husband, Capt Mark Kelly

CBS – Update: At least six people killed ….. including U.S. District Judge John Roll and a young child approximately 9

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is in critical condition from a gunshot to the head, but Dr. Peter Rhee, trauma director at the University of Arizona, said he was “about as optimistic as I can get in this situation” that she will recover.

50 Responses to “prayers for Gabrielle Giffords”

  1. 1 Jessica
    January 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Oh no!

  2. 5 majii
    January 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I am totally devastated by this. She was only 40 years old.

  3. 6 debra
    January 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    This is a awful tragedy. She died and six other people.

  4. 7 Lovepolitics2008
    January 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    OMG. This is horrible.

  5. 8 Fred
    January 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm


    I am so sad and angry right now at the same time.

    Sarah Palin and her folks are RESPONSIBLE for her death!

    WE have got to remind Sarah Palin of THIS http://yfrog.com/h4j00sj .She was one of Palin’s ” targets” and THIS http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2010/09/palin-targets-health-care-law-supporters-on-site/1

    • 9 Stylishgurl
      January 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      Eventhough no one knows yet if this assisination was politically motivated. SarahPac has removed that crosshairs/target map from her site.

    • January 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      Fred, it not just Sarah Palin running amuck, you can give some credit to about 75% of the Republican and about 25% to the Democratic Parties. No one tried to stop this hate. The Media shares in this also. We live in a capitalist society where the only thing that matters is money, money, and more money. Whatever it takes to to garner as many “Things” as possible. It is called greed. It saddens me so much today to know that Palin and the entire group of hate mongers have not only killed the people, but they have caused pain for their families and. friends. Mrs. Palin, et al this country has an non washable bloodstain because they could not control their hatred Sorry, Fred, for the rant, but your comment came the closest to how broken my heart is right now. To snuff out a child’s life for Nothing. Someone has to be held responsible for these senseless killings!!!!

  6. 11 sduncan
    January 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    It is heartbreaking to hear that the Congresswoman has died along with six others in this insane shooting by a hater of Americans.

    Senseless violence against our citizens.

  7. 12 Stylishgurl
    January 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    There was a 10yr old among the other six…..this just breaks my heart! Please let’s not jump to conclusions without knowing why this tragedy happened.
    Pray for the families that lost loved ones to this senseless violence.

  8. January 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    This is so very sad. My prayers go out to her family.

  9. 15 RhondaDC
    January 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    So so sorry for her family, friends and constituents. A dedicated civil servant is gone. A sad day for Arizona and the USA

  10. 17 collegekay
    January 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    OMG my prayers to her family! 😦

  11. 18 Titti
    January 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Palin and others are sowing seeds of hate and there are loads of crazy people out there who take what they say as ‘gospel’.

    My thoughts and prayers are with this lady’s family and friends.

    • 19 hopefruit2
      January 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      And the MSM covers for them – as they are now doing. I understand that the website that Palin used to target congresswomen Giffords along with 19 other Democratic congresspeople who voted for Obama’s HCR has been pulled. But I’m posting a snippet from what was stated in that article:

      “In a website launched on Thursday, the six-month anniversary of the health care law, Palin puts a bull’s-eye on 20 House districts under a headline that reads, “We’ve diagnosed the problem…Help us prescribe the solution.”

      Included among Palin’s Democratic targets: North Dakota’s at-large Rep. Earl Pomeroy, Southeast Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello.

      “Join me in standing against those who stood with Obama and Pelosi in voting for this disastrous bill,” Palin writes on the site. “Let’s replace them with good conservatives who will vote to repeal and replace Obamacare.””

  12. 20 Stylishgurl
    January 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    They are reporting on MSNBC that she is still ALIVE but in critical condition!!!!

  13. 21 Sue in Minnesota
    January 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Absolutely senseless, and sickening……my thoughts and prayers are with those who are suffering because of this.

    • 22 globalcitizenlinda
      January 8, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      hoping for the recovery of the injured and praying for those deceased and their families.

      God help us all

  14. 23 bjw2
    January 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I am absolutely speechless.

  15. 24 mariele
    January 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    My prayers are with her and her family.

    Utterly senseless and depressing. What are we saying when no one stops the hateful words spewed and gives ammo to those who refuse to move away from ignorance?

    This is simply wrong.

  16. January 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Feel so sad for the Congresswoman, her family and her supporters. Such a tragic waste. Reminds me of my childhood when they took the Kennedies, and MLK.

    Have been reading the comments at MSNBC, they also say she may not have died.

    Here are the comments

    “While I disagree with the immigration policies of the Democratic party I strongly disagree with violence. We have the ballot box for change. This isn’t some third world country”

    “This is just awful, what is this country coming to? The hatred from all sides has got to stop if we want to keep this country.”

    This is a tragedy no matter how you look at it. However it may also be a wake up call to those who listen to the extremists on both sides of the aisle.

    If we can keep our composure and speak clearly our voices may now have a better chance of being heard over the din. Stay Strong.

  17. January 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    What I meant to say was

    1. MSNBC says she may not have died

    2. comments from readers seem to indicate that they realize that the extremists have gone too far. Comment are shown in quotes.

    sorry for the confusion above

  18. 28 Fred
    January 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I have been PRAYING for Mrs Giffords and crying at the same time

  19. 29 Stylishgurl
    January 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    FYI, A federal judge John Roll of AZ was also among the six dead (from TPM). This changes things or NOT!?! thoughts?

    • 30 Kelly
      January 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      I heard because of the judge being murdered the feds are automatically involved and the perp could get the death sentence.

  20. 31 makesense4tulips
    January 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    They reported a child shot and a Federal judge Judge John Roll

  21. 32 makesense4tulips
    January 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    The Shooter’s name is Jared Lee Loughner

  22. 33 EDP4BHO
    January 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    President Obama speaking soon per MSNBC.

  23. 34 Asher in Boston
    January 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    My prayers are with the congress woman and all the rest caught in this vicious act. Guys, i for one is not surprised, that is why i fear for my prez and family all the time. The hatred coming from the right most especially during the health care debate was extremely alarming. And, plz people i get sick when the msm say, hatred from both sides should stop. The hate is from only one side as far as am concerned. This is really soo sad. What a tragedy.

  24. 35 Fred
    January 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    apparently President Obama’s security has been TRIPLED since last week.
    One of those envelops who exploded was to be sent to the President and Janet Napolitano

    GOD I pray you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep Barack;Michelle;Malia;Sasha and Gabrielle Giffords ALIVE!

    May YOU GOD work your miracle and heal the body;mind and spirit of Gabrielle Giffords and may YOU GOD perform this surgery on her YOURSELF and may she recover completely

  25. 36 EDP4BHO
    January 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Asher and Fred…..AMEN!

  26. 37 northanger
    January 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    My heartfelt prayers to the family.

    {thanks so much for posting this Chipsticks, i’m just frozen right now}

  27. January 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I have tried so hard not to comment about this. It is extremely tragic and sad. Too much crazy is going on in the last week or so. I don’t see how you don’t blame people who stroke this kind of behavior. I will not put more negativity out here. I am going to pray for us all; especially those precious people who was injured and kill today.

  28. January 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I’m not American put I share your sadness and anger.

    I’ve been watching CNN since I got back from church.

    I also came across a story I think you guys should see:


  29. 40 Joy (Barbados)
    January 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    A very sad day. My prayers go up not only for her but for the entire country. Please let us all pray for healing.

  30. 41 globalcitizenlinda
    January 8, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I am filled with a lot of saddness and anger – this is too tragic and really senseless.

    too much hate has been pushed through the political system and media the last two years and this has been brewing

    I hope that we can finally confront these public officials and media types who have been pushing people’s buttons using hate and bigotry. that bigot palin and the team of hate-mongers including beck, rush,roger ailes, hannity, bachaman should be very proud of the fruits of their rhetoric

    • 42 Theo67
      January 9, 2011 at 2:30 am

      Indeed. The fact that Speaker Boehner refused to denounce the birthers in his party is some of the problem. By not denouncing them, you give them cover and move the boundary of tolerance for this nonsense. The crazy amongst us think that it’s ok to do this stuff, because nobody spells out to them that it’s not – and then you’ve got “leaders” like Palin fueling the fire and amplifying the noise.

  31. 43 Rita
    January 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    This is such a senseless tragedy. I pray for Congresswoman Giffords’ full recovery. My humble condolences go out to the families of those that lost their lives. It’s heartbreaking.

    Here we are spending billions of dollars in overseas wars to stop terrorism, when in our own backyards, people in positions of influence are inciting the very same thing. When are we going to recognize and publicly reprimand these people? They spew all this hate filled rhetoric and when questioned about it, retract their words… they’re “very sorry” about it. But the damage is done. There are enough people living on the fringes of society, enough people with psychological issues that take this kind of rhetoric and act on it. The people fomenting this kind of rage and behavior are as much to blame and should bear responsibility for it. Serve jail sentences if required, to communicate to everyone that people in positions of influence have a grave responsibility to set the right tone.

    Can Sarah Palin please go away… to Russia, maybe? Could the media please stop publicizing her every ignorant word, tweet, facebook entry now? I hope so.

  32. 45 P
    January 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Very SAD. Keep her and her family as well as all others in our prayers!

  33. 46 whatISworking
    January 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    A web page where you can express your support for Gabby Gifford is found at


    I invite you to share your thoughts

  34. 47 LadyTNT
    January 8, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Prayers go up for all the families of the deceased, injured, and Mrs. Gifford. I pray she recovers. Everytime I pray, I pray that God protects my President and his family.

  35. 48 Fred
    January 9, 2011 at 8:30 am

    dear GOD

    may Gabby Giffords have a good Sunday and good week in your name!
    May she not suffer and may the swelling in her brain go down
    may she recover ALL function
    and may she not only understand command but respond to her doctors;husband and family
    may you heal her body;her mind and spirit
    help her get strong and stay strong

    may she completely recover and get back to her family and friends and work
    keep her;husband;children and entire family SAFE

    I pray you God so that you guide ALL of the doctors in charge of Mrs Giffords and may the other victims heal as well

    May you welcome the innocent victims in your kingdom and have mercy on their loved ones;give them plenty of courage

    In your name dear God;I ask you to protect President;Mrs Obama;Malia and Sasha;the entire Obama and Biden families and the entire Obama administration and their families

    keep us calm dear God as we are angry and afraid

    thank you in advance and Amen!

  36. 49 CR
    January 9, 2011 at 9:49 am

    My heart goes out to all those affected by the tragedy in Tucson

  37. 50 Todd Michael Newbold
    January 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Gabby is in my sincere daily prayers. I wrote a rap for her on my facebook page called Gabby.
    Todd Michael Newbold Omaha, NE

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