The Gabrielle Giffords shooting is depressing for so many reasons. In terms of the focus of this blog, she was a voice of reason on immigration, a representative who had a border district and even had an undergraduate degree in Latin American history, so understood the issue and stood firm against xenophobia and fear. We need more knowledgeable, educated, measured, and reasonable people in Congress, and yet instead they become targets.
Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik put it far better than I possibly could:
"When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous," the sheriff said. "And unfortunately, Arizona I think has become the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry."