Today, congresswoman Gabby Giffords of Arizona was shot point-blank in the side of the head, in front of a large crowd of people. In addition to Mrs. Giffords being gunned down, several other people were also wounded. As of this writing, the prognosis is optimistic.
In all reality, it doesn't matter. She got capped in the head. Even if she survives, she's incapacitated at best. Think "James Brady".
Honestly, when I first heard the story, my thought was that this was a troubled young man intent on starting some sort of "revolution" in an effort to steer this nation away from the socialist direction it's heading into. As it would turn out, it appears to be a troubled young man influenced by Marxism and notions of "social justice", who was upset because Mrs. Giffords wasn't quite "liberal" enough.
So he shot her. And several other people. Several people died, including a young child.
I can typically find the good in most people, even people who act in a manner that most people find despicable. I am pretty firm in my belief that a man has the right to defend himself against aggressive force in all forms, even if it takes the form of a statist politician.
To kill several people because you think someone wasn't stealing "enough" from others so that it may be redistributed amongst "the people" is something I simply can't defend, period...