UPDATE: Remarkably, Gabrielle Giffords has survived the point blank gunshot to her head. After quick surgery, Giffords remains in critical condition, but physicians say that they are optimistic for a recovery of some sort.
The original article, written as media reported the death of Giffords, follows:
U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords is dead. She was killed when a gunman shot her in the head from just four feet away. At least six other people are reported have been killed in the attack, and another half dozen wounded. A semiautomatic gun is reported to have been used in the assassination plot, which took place at a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona. It is not known whether a suspect is in custody.
Giffords was a Blue Dog Democrat, and often voted with Republicans on significant legislation. For example, she voted in favor of the FISA Amendments Act, which gave retroactive legal immunity to telecommunications corporations that helped George W. Bush spy on millions of Americans, and gave permission for the creation of massive electronic surveillance dragnets to gather information on the private activities of huge numbers of American citizens within U.S. borders.
In the 111th Congress, Democratic voters grew angry when Giffords voted to renew the Patriot Act without any reforms of the significant abuses of its massive surveillance powers. Giffords barely won re-election in November. In December, Giffords voted to extend George W. Bush’s tax cuts for billionaires.