“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. And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.” Puma County Sheriff
Christina Taylor Green, nine-year-old victim in today’s Tucson shootings, once was an infant designated to be a “Face of Hope” by virtue of her birth on September 11, 2001. She was one of the children born on 9/11, reports Tucson blogger David Abie Morales. And she is thereby featured in the book by Christine Pisera Naman, entitled Faces of Hope, Babies Born on 9/11, dedicated to all the mothers who gave birth and to their babies born on the day the World Trade Towers in New York City were taken down by an act of terrorism.
Ironically, today her life ended in violence, as she fell under the attack of a gunman at a political function at a supermarket. A neighbor was going to Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s ” Congress on Your Corner” event today, the Arizona Republic reports, and invited Christina along simply because she thought she would enjoy it since Christina was newly elected to the student council at her school. The event, an opportunity for constituents to meet Giffords and discuss any concerns they had related to the federal government, was an outdoor family friendly event. A talented girl, Christina Green participated in many activities, ranging from ballet to baseball. She had just celebrated her First Communion.
“How do you prepare for something like this? My little niece got killed–took one in the chest and she is dead,” her uncle reportedly said outside the girl’s house. The public yields a stunned assent. “She was born on 9-11 and died today? That’s the most tragic thing I’ve ever heard,” a Facebook comment asserts.
Christina’s page in Faces of Hope reads: I hope you know all the words to the Star Spangled Banner and sing it with your hand over your heart. I hope you jump in rain puddles (p. 42).
Editor’s note: Think of this – Saturday morning you send your daughter off with the neighbor to a political event. Saturday night you are planning your daughter’s funeral. Pray for this family and all the families of the victims.
- Sheriff Clarence Dupnik: Arizona ‘Mecca For Prejudice & Bigotry’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Gunman kills six, seriously wounds Congesswoman (capitolhillblue.com)
- 9 Year-Old Girl Killed in Tucson Shooting, Christina Taylor Green, Was 9/11 Faces of Hope Baby (firedoglake.com)
- Pima Sheriff Clarence Dupnik Calls Out Vitriolic, Hateful Rhetoric (crooksandliars.com)