Giffords shooting hits close to home for congresswoman
January 10th, 2011
03:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Giffords shooting hits close to home for congresswoman

Washington (CNN) - For Rep. Jackie Speier, the vicious attack on her colleague Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson, Arizona, brought back a chilling memory of when she faced an attempt on her life.

In November 1978, Speier and her boss, Democratic Rep. Leo Ryan, went to Jonestown, Guyana, to investigate Rev. Jim Jones' People's Temple, which had members from Ryan's California district.
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  1. LacrosseMom(real one)

    This is a tragedy, and I pray for all those who were injured and hurt in this senseless shooting. Also, I pray for those who lost dear ones. May God bless you, all.

    I am disturbed by the comments on various blogs, the hate continues even after such a tragedy. I am 58 years old, I am dismayed by the lack of respect and civility. Those in the public arena need to be careful of what they say, spewing hate towards those who oppose you or towards those you disagree with is just plain....... wrong. As a Nation, we must demand better from politicians and AM radio talking heads and even from some television stations! We can have an intelligent debate without the vitriol. Peace be with our Nation, I pray that hate will one day be drowned out by the voices of peace, wisdom and civility. I for one say........ ENOUGH!

    January 10, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Brian

    The right is filled with ugly personalities espousing ugly ideas, and Palin has never missed a photo op at their forefront. Now she's playing the "Who me?" game as though the fearful, vitriolic rhetoric from her and her supporters over the past two years has just been a silly little joke. Reasonable politicians know to measure their speech or risk inciting violence. Palin in not a reasonable politician.

    January 10, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |