January 10th, 2011
09:29 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Terror in Tucson

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The Arizona man accused of killing six people and wounding 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in a shooting spree Saturday was in court today in Tucson.

Jared Lee Loughner, 22, did not enter a plea. He'll be back in court in two weeks.

Tonight on 360°, we'll give you the latest on the investigation. We have new insight on Loughner. Anderson will talk with two of his former classmates at Pima Community College.

Months before Saturday's shootings, one of Loughner's former teachers at the college said he saw him as a threat and kicked him out of his algebra class. Now you'll hear from others who saw him in class.

We'll also tell you about those who lost their lives on Saturday, including 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green. She was born on September 11, 2001. She was just elected a member of her school’s student council and was interested in politics. That's why she went to Saturday's meet-and-greet with Rep. Giffords. Her parents share with Anderson how Christina touched so many lives and how all of us lost a true treasure.

You'll also hear from AC360 M.D. and neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the critical hours ahead for Rep. Giffords, who is in critical but stable condition at a Tucson hospital after being shot in the head. The two-term Democrat is currently in a medically-induced coma. We've learned more about where and how the bullet struck her. Dr. Gupta lays it all out for you.

There's also the political angle. Some are claiming the rhetoric in Washington needs to be toned down. We'll dig into that and much more with Tea Party organizer Dayna Loesch and CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen.

See you at 10 p.m. ET.

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Jerry

    In the interview last night, Bill said that it was easier for nuts to get a gun than to get medical help. I see this as a very true statement. Before our government legislates more gun control laws, why don't they offer easier to obtain medical help?

    January 11, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  2. DK

    How the News shapes the dialogue; First, you get Bill Maher to comment on the question of whether or not it's fair to place blame on a particular person for rhetoric that may or may not have inspired a sociopath. You know the answer before you ask and Maher doesn't let you down. You can go on presenting yourself as fair and objective. See? Win-win. Next you will probably say that "many people" believe Sarah Palin should bear some responsibility for the attack in Tuscon, Rosie O'Donnell, what's your opinion?

    January 11, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  3. Nikki

    Hi Anderson

    I am not a politic person, and don't even know who bill maher is, but his thoughts on Sarah Palin and her "crossbows" are just stupid, and I'm a democrat, lol how the hell does a symbol indicate for some Psycho to go out on a shooting spree????? Bill maher has no clue what he's talking about! I'm also a supporter of bearing arms, its not that the laws are to lose! There are lots of reasons idiots get ahold of guns, knives, whatever weapons of destruction they choose! Tragedies happen we can not follow every idiot in the world!! All we can do is prey for the victims and there family's and hope it doesn't happen again!

    January 11, 2011 at 4:17 am |
  4. Richard Rose

    Just watched ur seg with Mahr.The fact u would have this hack on ur show to discuss his political views about this tragedy{based totally on pure left lunacy}prove you are finding it harder to find credible guests for ur show.Poor taste;poor judgement.I WILL NOT AGAIN have cnn news on a tv set in my house.Enjoy ur fall to the bottom.

    January 11, 2011 at 4:09 am |
  5. Elisabeth Montgomery

    Please stop interviewing Dana Priest (sp?)as the only spokesperson of the Tea Party! True she's a young pretty face in a slew of blotchy-faced jounralist men (no offence), but she is consistently rude to other speakers, always caustic in tone, and her comments utterly predictable - can't you drum up someone else from their ranks? Is hers the only face of their party sanity? Many thanks for the change up!

    January 11, 2011 at 3:45 am |
  6. Richard

    Dana Loescher's statistic (on "AC 360") about places with lots of concealed carry guns around having few shooting incidents has to be gone into more deeply. I would bet that, if they are relatively safe, it's probably because the law is very strict about who gets the permit - and among the incidents that do happen in these places, look at who does the shooting. Young males? Superficial statistics are only a starting point.

    January 11, 2011 at 3:01 am |
  7. Steve F

    Excellent coverage of the Ariz situation. One question. The intervue with the guy with magenta colored wig, what's up with that? Seemed somewhat out of step in the flow of things, however the young man seemed pretty grounded, clear and concise.

    January 11, 2011 at 2:37 am |
  8. Patricia

    has anyone considered the connection between Congresswoman Gifford's being Jewish and the shooter having been a philosophical sort who read Hitler's Mein Kampf ? Perhaps his deranged motives were more anti-semitic even, than in anyway political (unless his interest in having read the Communist Manifesto over-rode the Mein Kampf philosophy).

    January 11, 2011 at 2:13 am |
  9. Winston Ellerbeck

    Anderson – The person you should interview is the person at Wal*Mart that refused Jared Loughner the bullets.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:48 am |
  10. Pat

    An interview with Bill Maher, giving him a forum for his personal brand of hateful rhetoric, is beyond irresponsible.

    Fortunately, David Gergen was able to respond and counter the over the top offensive remarks made by Bill Maher.

    Bill Maher is a biased, unfunny "comedian" who abuses the English language with his reliance on obscenities. Why is CNN giving him so much time? Is the fact that Larry King thinks he is funny a reason to allow Maher's spouting off?

    He has no credibility - CNN does not challenge him by putting him on a panel of well-informed or intelligent people.

    Don't understand CNN's sinking to these depths – Bill Maher?

    January 11, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  11. Marilyn Cox

    My thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and the survivors of Saturday's shootings. May they recover fully. There is no political dialogue in AZ. It's just a shouting match of threats and extremes. I teach at a community in northern AZ. We were informed recently that the Legislature has been asked to pass a bill to allow individuals to carry firearms on the state's college campus'. Go figure.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  12. Laura

    I have looked for avenues to report things to no avail including drawing attention to the situation via the major newspaper. Nothing happens. So in the meantime I try to keep a brave face and no sharp utensils or close by friends.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:42 am |
  13. Laura

    not to hog this whole blog but this past year I actually had my son arrested and left in jail for 3 weeks.I did so because in his angry frustration he made a suicidal threat. So he sat for one week out of three in a turtlesuit while waiting for the reported weekly visit by the staff psychiatrist. I was promised it would happen however it never did. Our county contracts an outside agency but the Dr. doesn't show up. I finally bailed him out, charges of breaking glass/property destruction dropped after restitution made...still seeking help with the psychiatric aspects. No funding or insurance.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:36 am |
  14. Don

    I just wish we all could just act like decent Good Americans and turn down the ill will we are directing to our fellow americans.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:27 am |
  15. Laura

    I know this is CNN and vitriol and rhetoric are the buzzwords in the forefront, politicians of all paties getting the fingers pointed at each other.However listening to Fox, Geraldo's At Large, call this kid a "creep" falls into the same trap. Clearly he is an officially UNdiagnosed, un stable person. Rhetoric or not, he needs help and probably un able to get it. Name calling by any media is just as bad as the politicians.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  16. Karen

    I don't understand. You need a license to drive a car ( a lethal weapon in the wrong hands ). You need to show you are able to operate this in front of someone who may notice if you are deranged or a danger. Yet, to own a gun you need not show such ability. It is left up to other citizens such as parents or school administrators to report you as a possible danger and have this documented first as a potential danger to society to prevent you from getting a gun. Why not have more stringent laws that make you prove that you understand the workings of gun safety before allowing one to purchase and own one in the first place.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:17 am |
  17. Laura

    The term "mental health" emcompasses a broad range from mild treatable depression to schizophenia with violence. So where does the line get drawn in relation to toting guns, being able to purchase one? How do you sort thru millions? I say get rid of ALL guns unless in the military fighting for our borders. Example, sadly our town just had a police officer kill his wife then himself in his driveway. He seemed so "normal" and helpful, no signs exhibited. And he was trained but snapped.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:15 am |
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