A US congresswoman was shot in the head at point blank range today and six people killed, including a nine-year-old child and a federal judge, at a public meeting outside a grocery shop in Arizona.
Giffords’s assailant was last night named as a 22-year-old Afghanistan veteran Jared Lee Loughner. He was described by witnesses as a young white man who looked like a “fringe character”, clean shaven with short hair and wearing dark clothing.
This is as senseless to me as the murder of Salmaan Taseer, and as maddening. The US has looked to me to be awash with violent political rhetoric of late, and I really hope this fellow Loughner was not inspired by any of it.