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Saturday, January 15, 2011


Sept 11, 2001 flag from Twin Towers flying over Christina's funeral
Unless you don't have a TV or radio, then of course you know about the horrible, heinous act of one very disturbed person who changed Tucson, Arizona forever on Saturday, January 8, 2011. 

I want to say first that this will NOT be a political commentary about the shooting.  We have no idea yet as to why Jared Lee Loughner http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-01-14-loughner-timeline_N.htm
would commit such a violent act against his country, not just Arizona.  This affected all Americans such as the Oklahoma City Bombing, the McDonald's Massacre and, of course, September 11, 2001.  I also will NOT be turning this blog into any more about the shooter, as he will get enough national attention and I for one, find him creepy and disturbing to look at and in no way want his picture on my blog, but feel free to click the link above for his story. 

Congresswoman Giffords
Saturday, January 8, 2011.  A beautiful day for Congresswoman Gabby Giffords of District 8 to begin her morning by meeting with her constituents.  People were lining up in front of the Safeway in Tucson that morning to "Meet and Greet with Gabby"; while some folks were just there to do their Saturday morning grocery shopping.  

Unfortunately, the morning quickly turned to tragedy in the town of Tucson, just to the south of where I live in Phoenix. 

I am a major CNN "news watcher" everyday, so I actually was watching a news breaking story out of Tucson, a massive round of shots heard, Gabby Giffords shot in the head, others were down. 
There were so many stories unfolding so fast about what actually happened.  I was turning the channel between CNN and FOX to see where I could get the most up-to-date and latest of Gabby, as they were really focusing on the fact that Gabby had been shot in the head and they weren't really too sure how many other victims or who these victims are in association with Gabby.  As the news progressed, it was first reported that Gabby had in fact died.  It wasn't until about 15 minutes later that we were again hearing that she was ALIVE and already undergoing surgery.  Thank you Jesus!

Astronaut Mark Kelly with wife, Gabby Giffords, as she holds on for life
As the day and night unfolded we began to hear all about the other victims, 20 in total who were shot, 6 of whom died very suddenly in the attack, and 13 in the hospital being treated for various bullet wounds, and of course one very critically wounded Gabby. 

I feel very compelled at this time to pay tribute to those 6 who lost their lives:

Dorwin Stoddard...

Dorothy Morris...

Gabriel Zimmerman...

Phyllis Schneck...

Federal Judge John Roll

 Christina Taylor-Green...
In no way do I want to trivialize any of the victims of this horrible, unforgiveable act of violence against the innocent, but I did want to focus in on CHRISTINA and her little life that was so full and lost too quickly. 

She's a face and a name I had never heard of until the day she was tragically killed in this shooting rampage.
We started learning very early on about our "youngest victim."  First, she was born on September 11, 2001...YES ON 9/11!  She came into the world on a day that America was attacked by terrorism!!!!

Twin Towers Sept 11, 2001

Pentagon Sept 11, 2001
Flight 93 Sept 11, 2001

CHRISTINA was even featured in a book called "Faces of Hope," a book of children born on September 11, 2001. 
With simple eloquence, the author shares these messages of hope for each baby's future:
-I hope that you find good in all people.
-I hope you catch snowflakes on your tongue.
-I hope you always have more than you need and share your plenty.

From what I have read, according to her parents she seemed to be born "destined" into some type of politics.  We have learned in the news that she was recently elected to student council at her school.  How exciting for her!  And what a great way to start off her new "political career" by meeting Gabby Gifford, which brought her to what would later be the place where she would lose her life, in TERROR!  CHRISTINA would lose her life on a day of terrorism, just as she entered the world on a day of terrorism. 
Bill Cosby once said, "a parent should never have to bury their child."

Christina's family

The "angels" who prevented protesters at the funeral

CHRISTINA, like myself, at a young age took an interest in politics.  I too was in student council in high school, a "Representative," both freshman and sophmore years. First, it's such a privilege to be elected!  So I know her excitement and the excitement of learning about politics.  CHRSTINA, like myself, probably had a strong connection to politics as we both represent "historical days in the history of America" that in some way, shape and form politically motivated us. 

President John (Jack) F. Kennedy
I myself was born November 22, the same day John F. Kennedy was shot and killed, albeit one year later.  I remember pretty much my whole life growing up sharing my birthday with one of the greatest presidents of our time who lost his life on the same day I was born!  Every year I had to share my birthday with the same headline news in the papers and on the TV...Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy.  I somehow have always believed that my STRONG Democrat self was due to my being mesmerized by the Kennedy's, their lives, their stories, their views, their stance on just about every issue that I found myself believing in.  I've always liked to say I am the reincarnated JFK; as he was leaving the world, I was gaining his spirit.  I'm a MAJOR liberal, what can I say....Don't judge me, I won't judge you.  I do have some conservatism in me, probably more than you know!  And I get it from my daddy!  As liberal a man he was, and a Democrat, he too was very conservative.  Plus, we actually kinda liked Reagan.....shhhhhh!

So as I said, I somehow connect with CHRISTINA and her excitement into politics, especially when you were born into it some way, shape, or form.  May you R.I.P. CHRSTINA with ALL the other great ones who have passed before you.  Say hi to Jack and John John for me....

During our period of mourning in Arizona, and in trying to sort out why this would happen, it brought our great President of the United States and the First Lady to mourn with us.  Also, The McCain's, Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Secretary Janet Napolitano, and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, Arizona Governer Jan Brewer, and so many more.  I cried during the entire ceremony.  It was such a tribute to all who were victimized, and to recognize the amazing heroic acts of kindness from those who knew one another, to those who were complete strangers, the Tucson Police Department, the EMS team, the trauma unit at UMC, the life saving physicians who acted so quickly to save those who were desperately clinging to life.
Intern Daniel Hernandez, a TRUE HERO!
President Obama sharing a hug with Mark Kelly, Gabby's husband!
The President stated, "I want our democracy to be as good as she (Christina) imagined it.  All of us-we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations."

I have since learned this afternoon that CHRISTINA had her organs donated and a lucky little girl in Boston has underwent a life saving transplant this morning, and so....SHE lives on forever!  Bless you to the Green's for their selfless act of kindness.  They are already beginning the healing process.... 

1 comment:

  1. Great post Judy. Tragic day for Arizona & the whole country. It's kind of Awesome that, like Christina you were born on a day of tragedy. Good always seams to come out of bad. And I'm sure I voted for you to represent my class! :)