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Former Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle has spoken out against the shootings in Tucson this weekend that included Rep. Gabrielle Giffords -- who remains in critical condition after being shot in the head -- saying that "expanding the context of the attack to blame and to infringe upon the people's Constitutional liberties is both dangerous and ignorant."

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As the debate over the use of violent political rhetoric heats up in the aftermath of the shooting in Arizona that killed six and left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition, a South Carolina gun company may find itself in an uncomfortable position.

Corey Hutchins, a reporter for the South Carolina alt weekly Free Times, reports that a South Carolina gun and accessories company is selling semi-automatic rifle components with the words "You Lie" inscribed on them.

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1||On January 8, 2011, a shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona, left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in critical condition and claimed the lives of six others, including Arizona's Chief Federal Judge John M. Roll. A much larger tragedy could have unfolded were it not for the selfless, and sometimes self-endangering, actions of several individuals.



Col. Bill Badger (Ret.) was one of four people who disarmed and pinned accused shooter Jared Lee Loughner as he tried to reload. A bullet grazed the back of Badger's head, though he later said he didn't realize he'd been shot when he rushed in to restrain Loughner. ||Will Seberger/MCT/Newscom&&

2||Dr. Peter Rhee is the head of the trauma ward at Unveristy Medical Center, where several of the victims, including Rep. Giffords, were brought following the attack. He's overseen Giffords' treatment, and has served as the primary source of updates on her condition. ||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&&

3||Dr. G. Michael Lemole Jr, a neurosurgeon at UMC, is also part of the team caring for Rep. Giffords. ||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&&

4||Patricia Maisch, 61, wrestled a gun clip away from Loughner as he tied to reload. Maisch then helped several men detain Loughner by pinning him by the ankles. ||ABC&&

5||Daniel Hernandez, a 20-year-old intern for Rep. Giffords, administered first aid to several victims, including the congresswoman. He's been credited with perhaps saving Giffords' life by quickly staunching the bleeding from her head wound. ||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&&

6||For his efforts, Hernandez was singled out by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in her State of the State address. Hernandez received a standing ovation. ||CNN&&

7||Dorwin Stoddard was killed in the shooting spree when he used his body as a shield to protect his wife, Mavy, from the gunfire. Here, his stepdaughters Penny Wilson (left) and Angela Robinson answer questions for the media. ||Will Seberger/MCT/Newscom&&

8||Michael E. Harris, shown here at his home in Tucson, provided CPR to two victims of the shooting. ||Will Seberger/MCT/Newscom&&

9||Col. Bill Badger (Ret.), who helped detain Loughner despite having been nicked in the head by a bullet. ||Will Seberger/MCT/Newscom&&

10||Joseph Zamudio, a 24-year-old former football player, helped pin Loughner until authorities arrived. ||MSNBC&&

11||Dr. Steve Rayle also helped restrain Loughner.





See pictures of Rep. Giffords, pictures from vigils set up following the shootings, and from the scene on the ground in Arizona.

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The shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona that killed six people and left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) in critical condition has heightened public awareness of how vulnerable elected officials are, and spurred a discussion of what further measures should be taken to protect them. Yet compared to one year ago, fewer Americans now believe it is at least somewhat likely that people opposed to President Obama could resort to violence against him, according to a Rasmussen poll taken in the days following the Tucson tragedy.

In the poll, a 45% plurality said they were to some degree concerned that Obama's opponents would resort to violence against him, versus 52% who said it was not a major concern of theirs. Last March, 53% of Americans thought Obama's opponents could take violent action against the President. That poll was conducted shortly after the passage of the much demonized Democratic health care reform bill, which sparked large public protests rife with the sort of violent political rhetoric some have said may have contributed to the events in Tucson.

Democrats were most likely to fear violent retribution against the President, with 67% saying that was at least somewhat likely, compared to just 30% of Republicans and 40% of Independents who thought the same.

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A school board member in Greeley, Colo., has started bringing his gun to school board meetings after, he says, he received threats over his regular radio broadcasts attacking the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Brett Reese, who owns and manages a local radio station, plays the same commentary twice a day, every day. The commentary, which he reads, calls King a "sexual degenerate," an "America-hating communist" and a "plastic god."

He describes it as a letter he received from a listener three years ago. It can also be found on a web site, martinlutherking.org, which is run by the white supremacist group Stormfront.

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, not exactly known for his bipartisanship, thinks that fellow Arizona Sheriff Clarence Dupnik of Pima County is getting too political in his rhetoric in the wake of the mass shooting over the weekend that killed six people and gravely injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).

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TUCSON, AZ -- Gov. Jan Brewer (R) tonight signed a hastily written and passed law aimed squarely at Westboro Baptist Church. The law, which will take effect immediately, aims to deny Westboro -- the notorious Kansas church group led by anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps -- the chance to disrupt the funeral of a 9-year-old girl killed in the mass shooting in Tucson Saturday morning.

From the Arizona Republic:

Senate Bill 1101 creates a "funeral protection zone" that bans protesters within 300 feet of a funeral service. The ban applies to one hour before, during or after a funeral service. A violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor.


The bill was passed in the legislature earlier today by unanimous votes in the state House and Senate. As TPM reported earlier today, the bill was modeled on similar legislation aimed at curbing Phelps and his church in Ohio. That law has been upheld by a federal district court.

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