Wednesday's intriguing people
Twenty people were shot Saturday outside a Safeway grocery in Tucson, Arizona.
January 12th, 2011
12:14 PM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Mary Reed

Mary Reed's 17-year-old daughter, Emma, was a congressional page last summer for Gabrielle Giffords but never got a picture with her. So Reed and her daughter went to the constituent event at a Safeway in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday, hoping for a photo opportunity.

Suddenly, gunfire broke out, and Reed was struck in the left arm. She pinned Emma to a wall to protect her and then took two more bullets in her right arm and back.

"He was literally going to have to go through me, and that wasn't going to happen," Reed told CNN affiliate KPHO.

Reed, who is recovering at home, is more concerned now with the psychological scars than the physical ones.

"My children had to witness people being killed, people dying right by them, blood everywhere. It's a very hard thing to acknowledge that's what my children had to experience," she told KPHO.

Trent Humphries

Tucson's Tea Party co-founder says the killings in Tucson have led to a conspiracy to shut down his organization and silence criticism of the U.S. government.

Humphries says statements made by Pima County Sheriff Charles Dupnick have prompted a string of hateful calls and e-mails to him and other members of his movement.

"A lot have taken as gospel that the sheriff says that this (shooting) was caused by talk radio, by Tea Party extremists, that that must be the case," Humphries told the British publication The Guardian. "I think it's done a lot of damage. It's given people the idea that somebody like my wife and I caused this murder.

"There's no evidence. And there's no evidence Sarah Palin caused this murder," he continued.

"The Democrats are using this opportunity to bludgeon their opponents. People don't want to hear that it was just some stupid, evil act that had no bearing in rationality. They want it to make sense."

Humphries said he too is grieving after learning of the death of his neighbor Dorwan Stoddard.

Carla Glori

An Italian art historian doesn't know why the "Mona Lisa" was painted but she says she does know where.

Carla Glori says that three-arched stone bridge over Mona Lisa's left shoulder is in Bobbio, a village south of Piacenza, in northern Italy.

Although most historians believe the landscape behind the subject is one drawn from Da Vinci's imagination, Glori is convinced it's a real place, according to The Guardian. She will publish further details in her new book, "The Leonardo Enigma," due for release this year.

soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. Richard in Texas

    Trent Humphries. NO NO NO! Again more fear mongoring by mischaractorizing and misrepresenting what is being actually said. Nobody want to destroy your party or stiffle free speech. All that is being said is to tone down the rhetoeric. Stop with demonization and second amendment solutions and bring your guns.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ask yourself how many polical rallies were held by others in Arizona and by whom prior to this terrible shooting and only then can you disagree with Sherrif Dupnik. I rest my case.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      Rest your head!
      That makes no're really Sarah Palin, aren't you

      January 12, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Connecticutian

    Interesting phenomenon: look at the comments posted here, and see from which perspective the hate and vitriol is coming. The "left" is just as hypocritical as it claims the "right" is.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnfromtexas

      amen brother!

      January 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amazed

      Finally! someone else noticed. Think it will get the left's attention? Probably not.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      To Conn.....
      But we don't have a talk show to broadcast our hate to America !!
      Besides, our's is in response to years of receiving hate from the right!
      It's the ONLY thing you seem to understand!!!!!

      January 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Richard in Texas

    Henry Miller. No double standard. He was talking in metaphor. Angle, Bachmann are talking about armed inserection against the government.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |

    When chastising the right for using battle rhetoric, please be sure to keep in your thoughts the 2004 DRC rhetoric used with the same graphics (targets instead of crosshairs) and battleground rhetoric. Stop being MSM following sheep and read a little history.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amazed

      Every other blog I've seen on this topic is full of the same, the left bashing the right with just as much "vitriol" as they accuse the right of using. Kind of hard to have peaceful political dialogs with all the hypocrisy going on.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnfromtexas

      maybe i'm just biased because i was raised conservative, but it appears that the left is always quick to attack the right for anything no matter how small or unrelated the matter is. and when the republicans try to defend themselves (which they have every right to do) then they are accused of being selfish and trying to get attention. like you said, hypocrisy!

      January 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      To amazed.....
      back at ya', baby!!!

      January 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      To john...
      Quit looking in that conservative gives distorted images.
      Who has 'hate filled' talk radio and Faux news?
      I've listened to both. The left is all hate this and hate that(communist, socialist,etc.) The left talk shows are not nearly so hate filled. They usually have a lighter, comical tone and are a lot easier to listen to. Try it once. You actually feel better after listening to the left!

      January 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      Sorry.....the right is all hate this and hate that(not the left, as I posted above).

      January 12, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MIKE

    Now you know what a soldier does every day in Afghanistan. Yet we continue to send them and they continue to do their jobs without question. So why are another citizens any different? I think we have a double standard that needs to be changed we should all be willing to die for our country just like a soldier.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marge

    So what do the tea bags call their all out assult on a sheriff, who knows a lot more about the violence hate causes. He is on the front line. This just goes to show that they (the tag bags and the hate pushers) are trying to hide their character.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amazed

      Hmmmm, hypocritical much?

      January 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      Yes, Marge you may be right....maybe the sheriff has information on the case he can't divulge.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Annoyed

    Why is it that every post I read in response to a CNN article ALWAYS inevitably comes back to some debate that has NOTHING to do with the actual article itself? This is simply a story about a mother protecting her child! It’s intention is to give us, the reader, a glimmer of hope in a world that is full of bile. What does Jesus or Obama have to do with any of this? Sheesh people…lighten up, read the article, feel the warm fuzzy, and stop trashing other readers or posting pointless arbitrary diatribe. If you feel you have the need to discuss God and verbally abuse others, I am sure there are some nice blogs you can post to. In fact, I can even go one step futher…

    Yes, I do realize I am being somewhat hypocritical here, but I just can’t keep my mouth shut anymore.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. blk17

    To which fictional character is David referring?

    January 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ann

    Thats right, nobody can prove these murders were happened because of extremists like you or sarah palin, but you also cannot prove it was happened not because of you people. How can you prove that the nonsensicle going on on your radio and Sarah Palins idiotic speeches and tweets are not causing any damage. Why even you all are talking in such tone in the first place. whoever tries to defend themselves means they are feeling guilty.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. righteous-in-Christ

    This mom is such a brave woman. Just as God love us so, He gave His Son as an Ultimate sacrafice for our sins. He took the penalty of the death on the Cross on Calvary to save us from being separated from God at death. Not only is this woman brave, but she was willing to to die for her daughter to save her very life. She saw her daughter worthy to be saved just as God saw us worthy to have Christ die for us!!! May God bring healing and many blessings for this mom!


    January 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Stop bringing religion into everything.You love god and your religion we get it but this story is about a mother protecting her little girl that is an animal instinct. Go stand on a corner like those Westboro church people and preach about your useless beliefs to people who aren't listening lol There is a bigger force out there. God and religion are creations of man so feel free to hope off the century long bandwagon and use your brain.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • LargeAndInCharge

      Amen dave!

      January 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. c

    Isn't that what any parent would do? It isn't intriguing, it is normal. And I'm glad she did it.
    What I don't get about this article is the last part..... what does Mona LIsa, 3 arches and the "Leonardo Enigma" have to do with this article? That was weird

    January 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I was thinking the same thing. Bit of a non sequitur if you ask me. I think someone in the editing department got their stories crossed a bit. Although the bit about the Mona Lisa was interesting.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mary

    A mother protected her child from a madman! Kudos to her and all parents that make daily sacrifices. As for all the other unrelated comments concerning this article about an act of heroism by a mother, please people, please think before you share your ignorance with the rest of us.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MurphyCas

    Enough – the act was a violent, senseless act by an emotionally unstable man – end of story. Leave the politics out of this. The individual was responsible for the act. We as a nation need to stop blaming others and place the blame where it belongs – on the perpetrator.. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families impacted by this horrific act.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruthNY

      Totally agree with you!!! I never understand why some people drag religion and politics into a situation like suck. This was a lunatic who had no respect for himself, his family, or other human beings.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Racewars

      the only way to prevent similar violence in this country is not with new gun bans, but you have to kill the NAZI such as this skin head basturd as soon as you catch the cannot stop people from doing this sort of madness with nothing short of shooting, hanging or beheading the basturds that do the shooting, such as this NAZI Loughner...kill this basturd tomorrow!!!

      January 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Again, I have to disagree on this one. I am tired of everyone just letting this guy off the hook as "crazy" and that's that. He knew exactly what he was doing when he left the house that morning. There is nothing crazy or unstable about it; it was calculated and executed, period. Crazy would have been to pick up a loaf of french bread out of the store and begin beating people with it. Crazy would have been rubbing himself with ice cream bars and singing hymns. This guy made a plan and went through with it and I'm sorry, but whatever/whomever influenced him that this kind of action needed to be taken needs to be held accountable as well.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim


    While I respect your right to free speech and to your choice of religion, this thread is about the actions of an incredibly brave woman faced with the possibility of harm to her children. Your beliefs, while admirable, should be shared on a religion thread, not a news thread. As for the mother and her children, they are truly heroes. I hope that the psychological drama to the children and the mom heals, and they can be a normal family going forward.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      @ JIm, Hi, hope you are well. Question, what is wrong when someone expresses praised to God? Are you trying to take our freedom of speech? Christ said, if we are ashame of Him before men, He will ashame of us beofore our Father. There much more people expressing their hate with the tea bagger, left, and right wing that doesnt' even makes sense. They are the ones sounding childish.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
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