Arizona child shooting victim: Westboro Baptist Church to picket funeral
Funeral of Christina Taylor Green, aged 9, Arizona shooting victim, to be picketed
PHOENIX — Here in the San Francisco Bay Area the top news story is still the Arizona shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and those who died or were injured in that shopping mall shooting. See the story of that news here
At an event in her home district of San Francisco, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised Giffords as a brilliant and “great patriotic American, representative of a new generation of leaders,” according to San Francisco newspaper SFGate.com
Shooter Jared Lee Loughner was in court yesterday and now faces five charges. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords continues to improve slightly in hospital and doctors are cautiously optimistic.
San Francisco resident Christine O’Brien, says “I hope she is not brain-damaged, we are all praying for her.”:
Now San Francisco residents are learning from KTVU, our local San Francisco news station, that Arizona legislators are planning to look into emergency legislation to avert the picketing by a Topeka, Kan., church (Westboro Baptist Church) of the funeral service for the 9-year-old girl who was killed during the Tucson shooting.
KTVU Channel 2 news reports that a law now being proposed would make it illegal to hold protests at or near funeral sites.
Aides are saying it’s likely the law will pass quickly and the Republican governor has said she will sign it quickly as soon as it reaches her desk, according to KTVU Channel 2 News.
The Westboro Baptist Church told press on Monday that it would picket Thursday’s funeral for little Christina-Taylor Green because, they say, “God sent the shooter to deal with idolatrous America.” The fundamentalist church has previously picketed several military funerals.
The church wants to draw attention to its opinion that the deaths in Arizona, at the hand of Jared Lee Loughner, were actually God’s way of punishing the country for tolerating homosexuality.
Jared Lee Loughner himself has been called mentally unstable by a previous classmate who was glad when he was finally asked not to come back to class. See that story Here
KTVU Channel 2 News in San Francisco say that lawmakers strongly denounce the Westboro Baptist Church’s plan to protest at the funeral of little Christina-Taylor Green.
“This is just horrific that … people have to deal with this. We shouldn’t have to do this in time of great pain for our state,” said Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Phoenix Democrat, according to KTVU.
Christina Taylor Green was the youngest of the six people who died during the rally held by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona. In total, 14 people were injured in that rally. The shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, age 22, was foiled by a woman. See that story here of 61-year old Patricia Maisch
Originally it was thought Loughner had an accomplice, see that story Here, but it’s now thought that Loughner acted alone.
The Arizona bill, which consists of four paragraphs, would mean it would be a misdemeanor to picket or conduct other protest activities within 300 feet of a funeral or burial service from one hour before the event to one hour after.
Sinema told reporters that the prohibition would only be relevant to funerals and burial sites, not to procession routes.
House Speaker Kirk Adams says it’s very important to pass this quickly because he feels the Westboro Baptist Church is despicable for what they plan to do at the 9-year-old’s funeral.
Meantime, Mark Kelly, husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, released a statement yesterday, thanking everyone for their support and saying that all they could do now was pray. See that story Here.
See the list of the victims in the Arizona shooting here
San Francisco residents can follow this story on Christina-Taylor Green and other top new stories in San Francisco at KTVU Channel 2 News. The news comes on in San Francisco at noon, 5pm, 6pm and 10pm.
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See the slide show to the left for pictures of little Christina-Taylor Green.
See slide show of previous pictures related to the Arizona shooting and Gabrielle Giffords here
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