In the coming days we will hopefully gain more understanding of today’s shooting*of Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in a Tucson parking lot. In the meantime, let us pause. Not only to prayer for her recovery and mourn loss of life of those murdered, but to understand the brutal impact onour current political discourse. When disagreements over policy cause some to scream “treason”, people die. Today, Rep. Giffords and others expressing their political rights paid a severe price for living in such an environment.
*The previous version of this article was based on incorrect information that Rep. Gillford succumbed to her wounds. Hopefully, she will continue to recover.