The Shooting in Arizona

We look at the event that has sent shockwaves through America — the shooting spree in Arizona that targeted Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Emergency personnel carry Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz. Jan. 8, 2011 (AP)

10:11 am, Saturday morning, in a supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Arizona, the shooting began.

One shooter, one bullet – right through the brain of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Then shot after shot from the Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol of 22-year Jared Loughner.

A federal judge is dead. A nine-year-old girl is dead. Dorothy Morris, Dorwin Stoddard, Gabriel Zimmerman, Phyllis Schneck – all dead.

Is this politics in America now? One crazy gunman? Both?

We look at the rampage in Tucson, and this watershed moment for American political culture.

-Tom Ashbrook

**Our other show Monday, “The Fallout, Tucson to Washington,” also focuses on this topic.


Michel Marizco, Tucson correspondent for public radio’s KJZZ Changing America Desk.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican Congressman representing Utah’s 3rd District, which includes the west side of Salt Lake County.

Howard Fineman, senior editor at the Huffington Post and former longtime Newsweek correspondent.

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, Democratic Congressman representing Arizona’s 7th District, which includes parts of Tucson.

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