Former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords stood in federal court on Thursday to face her would-be assassin.
On January 8 2011, Jared Loughner, 24, a college dropout with a history of psychiatric disorders, opened fire near a supermarket in Arizona.
Six people were killed during the shooting, including a nine-year-old girl, and 13 others were wounded. The former congresswoman , who is Jewish, was left partially blind, with a paralysed right arm and brain injury.
But yesterday, Ms Giffords faced her assailant for the last time, when he received seven consecutive life terms plus 140 years in prison
According to his friends, Mr Loughner had often expressed a view that women should not hold positions of power and said that Ms Giffords was a “fake”.
As details emerge in the Tucson story, in the public murder of Congressman Gabrielle Giffords, we find more curious facts. Not that it has any bearing on the story, but, Gabrielle Giffords identified herself as Jewish. Jared Loughner also identified himself as Jewish (on his MySpace page, which has been removed–according to some sources.) How might this contribute to any understanding of what happened on Sabbath, January 8, 2011?
Given YouTube rules, for Giffords to subscribe to Loughner’s YouTube channel would have required an affirmative action taken by Giffords or by someone with access to her YouTube username and password to establish the subscription link.
Loughner knew Giffords. He worked for her campaign for US Congress in 2007. But the You-Tube connections indicate there was internet contact in October, 2010.....