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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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  1. Eileen

    I am so disappointed w/ Anderson putting Bill Mahar on. He is such a left wing radical why have someone like him fuel his crazy ideas. I am ashamed of you Anderson.My gosh a 9 year old was killed can we stop w/ the political crap and come together as a country and try to figure out ways to get the insane some help before this happens again.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:09 am |
  2. Michele

    Seriously folks...political rhetoric, mental health, Sarah Palin....let's talk about the real issue. I'm not the biggest fan of Bill Maher, but he's absolutely right on this issue. You NEED gun control. It's ridiculous that this nut job gunman could walk into a Walmart – A WALMART – and easily purchase everything he needed to pull off this act of violence. The truth is that yours is a culture that embraces guns, and the right to bear arms. That being said, how can everyone now be shocked that this guy pulled the trigger? Clearly he's mentally unstable, but without the easy access to guns this crime doesn't happen, and a 9 year old girl gets to grow up.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:08 am |
  3. Laura

    Caroline at 11:09 eastern time...great comment, so true. Mirrors my son's situation. So I don't let him stay in the streets anymore but I seldom sleep soundly waiting for the other shoe to drop. But did not sllep well out of guilt unable to help.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:08 am |
  4. albert

    this guy probably didnt even know who Rush or Sarah was ...look at the facts to find the truth,,unless the truth is not ur agenda...then manipualte the facts to ustify ur fantasy

    January 11, 2011 at 1:06 am |
  5. Laura

    Brenda has it the nail on the head . My son need mental health care and is now of a similar age and smokes pot which actually makes him easier to deal with, calmer. He can have over 2000. dollars of HIV meds covered but no mental health care. Poor judgement, delusions put the situation at further risk. Yet as hard as I try and beg multiple agencies it is falling on deaf ears. neighbors of Loughner may speak of weirdness and parental anger issues but truely the are living a solitary life out of frustration, their own fears and embarrassment. My son goes monthly to a well known east coast teaching/research university hospital for treatment of HIV but the next floor up is the psychiatric floor and I can't even get a face to face appt. Quote" he has to want help" or he is over 21 so he has to make his appt" or "we can't help you because of HIPPA rules" I'm sure his parents have found this too.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:02 am |
  6. albert

    Wow...is this for real that the focus is on ppl using guns what about the heroes that were heros cuz they had the ability to stop him due to havin guns, the shooter is kinda similiar to many pot smokers who have pot induscd phychosis....my dauhter my brother had a long lived schizophrenc episode smokin weed..that should be the issue not too use this for an unrelated agenda..that seems sort of abusive and like using a mental issue for an agenda not related...shame on the reporters not reporting any real learnings from this issue...pot and schizophrenia focus on the truth ...not politics

    January 11, 2011 at 1:02 am |
  7. Sherry

    My thoughts & prayers are with all the families. You are talking about someone with Paranoid Scizophrenia, they are not political they are mental, delusional,paranoid, scattered thoughts, feelings & emotions. They see & hear things with dissruptive thought patterns & left untreated is a terrible thing, even with treatment & the battle of trying to find the correct meds they can become violent & unstable & even more delusional. Also your talking about an adult & the laws & everything else are not set up correctly in our society or the mental health system. I have a Schizoaffective (Schizophrenia & Bi-polar) 23 yr old Steven.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  8. christina morrell

    Anderson, you and Bill Maher should run for President and Vice President. You both seem to care what is going on in the country and the world. Your Segment with Bill Maher was great tonight.

    January 11, 2011 at 12:59 am |
  9. Larry

    Why don't Anderson Cooper and Bill Maher, in fairness, mention and/or show the 2004 Democratic campaign ad that has bull's eye target or the State where Republicans where vulnerable? Oh, it is CNN, sorry I forgot – fair and balanced reporting, I think NOT!
    What about Pres. Obama, during last years campaigning, calling anyone against the Democrats "the enemy"?

    January 11, 2011 at 12:57 am |
  10. Jenni

    What a waste...Bill Maher...are you serious? He was a waste of air time. His attempt to link the nut to conservatives is just plain crazy... Now I know why I normally watch your competitive network that doesn't air this trash.

    January 11, 2011 at 12:57 am |
  11. Gail

    I'm watching your show with Bill Maher right now. All the talk back and forth about the Right and the Left side accusations...this Kid didn't even have a political party preference. I am the mother of 4 boys and we struggle DAILY with video games which are most popular in school; mostly shooting games with very realistic blood and weapons used. I don't allow any of these realistic KILLING games into my home. I don't allow my kids to GO TO homes that have these games. Come on...the responsibility lies with the Parents. Stop needing so many material things and Know what your kids are doing everyday while you are out making money for the "stuff" you think you need to acquire. In todays society, think about it, who is raising your kids? The media, video games etc..Lets stop taking the easy way out(plopping our kids in front of the worst of babysitters...TV) and put some real effort into the raising of our future.I guarantee this 22 yr old KID grew up on these violent video games and his parents supplied them for him? Check it out?

    January 11, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  12. Steve

    Bill Maher is a part of the negative rhetoric that you are speculating, again speculating that caused this shooting. Why is he on your news show?

    January 11, 2011 at 12:52 am |
  13. Todd

    Wow! Bill Maher managed to blame the right for the entire shooting.
    Way to go Anderson Cooper! Way to challenge him on his wild far left statements. You sure looked fair and balanced.

    January 11, 2011 at 12:49 am |
  14. James Laine

    Defend your gun rights, but please recognize the tradgedy of this event. What is happening to this nation of immigrants?

    January 11, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  15. James Laine

    You know what's laughable?

    The Republican political machine putting out their pretty perfectly made up bimbo's to do damage control. I am not sexist but I have noticed this trend about Republican damage control and pretty women.

    What's even more laughable is that the Democratic party hasn't picked up on this and countered with their own pretty bimbo's.

    It looks so silly and probably doesn't poll well when and old Democratic fart is vigorously debating a well made up young blonde or brunette.

    Why can't we see a good cat fight between two hot and gorgeous women?

    I wan't to reiterate I AM NOT SEXIST, but the republican party definitely is...

    January 11, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  16. Lupe

    Maher insulted the memory of the very special girl Christina was when he equated conservatives he disapproves of with "girls," "hysterical girls." Christina, like most girls was happy, competent, involved and caring. Teenage girls feel life deeply, their emotions overflow and happiness as well as sadness can bring them to laughter and tears. Christina will never be a teen. In her name and for the sake of the world let us honor and respect girls and the women they one day will become. Please encourage people to stop using "girl" as a word of derision or contempt. Thank you.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  17. Cate Gardner

    The media, Democrats and Republicans are focusing on the political anger being generated by talk radio. Why isn't anyone talking about the HATE being created in the Jerry Springer show? Entertainment doesn't make anger and hate acceptable.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  18. Patrick Grant

    The shootings were tragic not political. The liberal media's response is both.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  19. julie

    I agree with the other comments on who do you report to obviously she does not have any grown children and now with the new laws how difficult it is even for the parents to get help when their children become adults. Once that child is over 18 unless they consent that parent no longer is able to obtain information because of our privacy rules

    January 10, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  20. Tory

    Terrible tragedy out in Arizona, my heart and prays to the families. But my question is who do we blame? Natuarlly you blame the guy who committed the crime and I feel you have place blame on the nature of politics. Politics are turning into the wwe, some people know its fake and others take it to heart and think its real. Republicans vs. Democrats is tonights match up, does it have to be like that or can we actually make a change and show that were adults that can come together to make important decisions.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  21. Mike

    This is a random act of violence and is nothing short of terrorism.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  22. Larry

    To think you had Bill Maher on the show tonight as someone who truly understands the root cause of America's troubles is simply unconscionable. As a gun owner and a previous Tucson resident I actually agree with Bill that we need to improve our gun laws. Other than that, his condemnation of the right actually adds fuel to the fire. The Tucson tragedy is more a reflection of our society ills than political discord gone wild.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  23. Brenda

    I am a nurse practitioner in Ohio at an indigent clinic. Many are wondering if Jared Loughner got any mental health care. One can assume, since he is young and unemployed, that Jared was uninsured. Had he come to my clinic in Ohio in the last 6 months, as a family nurse practitioner,I would not have been able to get him the kind of mental health care he needed because the local mental health agency was "out of funds" and refused to accept any patients with no
    insurance. Tragedies like this will Continue to happen because, even if folks like Jared seek mental health care, none will be provided if they Do not have insurance.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  24. Joanna

    I am a Canadian, and was dismayed to learn just how easy it is for anyone in the USA, including individuals with mental health problems, to purchase a gun and carry it around.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  25. Joel

    AC...please get it through some of your guests heads that just becasue someone says that the rhetoric is too inflammatory they are not making a political statement. How can anyone deny that the tone in politics doesn't contribute to the over zealous behavior that incites near riots at town meetings and fuels the hateful language spewed by some of the talk show hosts. Can anyone give credibility to Rush Limbaugh when he says these grieving neighbors of Gabby are politically motivated when they express their opinions about the tone of todays political scene. Let's face reality and admit that there is very little civility in politics today and it has to change if we are to get anything done

    January 10, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  26. Bryan

    Anderson, there has been plenty of commentary on the political rhetoric that some feel is threatening. What about recent political rallies (think healthcare town halls in August 2009) where people showed up carrying weapons. How can we be comfortable with open display of weapons at public or political rallies.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  27. Sarah

    At no time since this terrible tragedy occurred in Tucson has there been any mention of the shooter's parents. I thought I heard that he was living at home. Has anyone spoken to his mother and/or father? It's hard to imagine any parent not noticing the bizarre behavior that others have commented on. Any news on his parents that can be reported.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  28. tony

    If the suspect was from an islamic background, he would have been branded an islamic extremist. What this guy has done is nothing short of terrorism. He should be branded a terroist

    January 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  29. Ann N Ray,West Hartford, CT

    How many more of incidents have to haappen,and howmmany more innocent people must die before this country does something. I live very close near Hartford,CT and I don"t feel safe to out past sundown. Is tis going to be just another story,and we willmove on to something else?

    January 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  30. Bonnie Morgan

    Mr. Maher questions the use of the Glock hand gun. Maybe this fire arm is mostly designed for human shooting incidents. This would be a handy fire arm to have if someone was kicking down your door. Where does Maher live? Gated community? High security apartment complex?

    Better mental health care and follow up when treatment is ordered are needed. More gun laws are not needed.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  31. ctresca

    Thank you Anderson Cooper for remembering and honoring the victims and survivors of this tragedy. I have long felt that the media spends far too much time reporting on details about the perpetrators of terrible crimes like this. It's time for change.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  32. Rebeca B

    Ms Loesch continues to blame the school and the public in general for not "reporting" this young man who was obviously unstable. Report what exactly? I don't think she knows how difficult it is to get a court order that would prohibit someone from buying a gun. It is not easy to take away someone's "right to bear arms" these days. You have to PROVE that someone is a danger to themselves or others, and then they have to be committed and evaluated. You can't just say someone is "unstable". It is not that easy, nor should it be. It used to be easy many years ago, and many innocent people found themselves stripped of their rights on nothing more than a whim.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  33. Debbie Pedersen

    I'm from Canada and I find it hard to believe the U.S. has States with laws where it is ok. to carry around guns!
    Debbie

    January 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
    • amanda

      Nothing wrong with gun ownership. You can not blame ones actions on an object or another person. If they didn't have a gun they would use something else, ie bombs, knives, etc...

      January 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
      • Mike

        Your exactly right and Oklahoma City is the perfect example. No guns used then.

        January 10, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  34. Caroline

    Hi, I keep listening to the lady on tonight (Monday) named Dana. She keeps reiterating that people should have reported this killer, Loughner. Dana doesn't seem to know that there is no place to report someone with mental problems. They are sent to the streets. They are the homeless. Once again, this is one of our problems because funding is not available anymore for the Mentally Ill. I know this first hand from watching my friend try to get help for her son. He just wanders around from temporary hospital stays and then out to the streets again. When I was young there were institutions for the Mentally Ill run by the State but our taxes are being spent on other things now.....maybe for food stamps and disability and aid for illegals. I know this first hand also....here in California anyway. Thank You

    January 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  35. Nick Patras

    The Tea Party spokesperson kept mentioning all that needed to happen to prevent the tradegy was for the community college to have reported Mr. Loughner's mental instability. What she does not apparently know is that all mental health care providers and especially schools are strictly prohibited by federal law from revealing information about mental health treatment. It is extremely difficult for an educational institution to report mental health issues, especially in light of the fact the he apparently made no threats to anyone in the classroom.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  36. Charlene Clockedile, LICSW

    Their deaths will be in vain without two actions:
    1)Provide sufficient funding for emergency psychiatric evaluations done by licensed professionals in both public and private educaton. There were many obvious red flags with his behavior indicating he was unsafe.

    2)Adolescent/Young Adult brain development is incomplete and insufficent to make judgments about what constitutes an appropriate use of weapons which are more appropriate for the military rather than hunting.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  37. Harryette

    After watching 360 this evening, the comment by the women repeatdly saying that the mental state of the shooter should have been reported by the community college. Who do you report to: the National Crazy Person Hotline, the CIA, or the FBI. I applaud the comments on regulating gun control. Where did his gun and ammunition come from–was it legally obtained?

    January 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  38. Susan

    Bill Maher, you have MY VOTE! Please run, Bill, run. You are the only person who has said anything close to the TRUTH tonight on Anderson Cooper, 360.
    Delivered with deadpan accuracy, you are "spot-on" with your comments re: gun control. (or lack thereof). Thanks.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Beverly Thompson

    Hi Anderson, Have been enjoying your humor and great news shows since the old days when you were on in the middle of the night...!

    Am watching you and Bill Maher talking about 'targeting, etc.' and am sure you are aware the Demo's did this with the states in the last couple of elections...! Granted that is different than targeting an individual, however it is in the ballpark so to speak.

    Sad but true, I think there is enough blame to go around and Bill is just throwing his usual 'junk' on the fire that does not help at a time like this.

    Thank you for taking us all over the world with you on your adventures! Sorry if I sound like your Mom, but as I tell my grown children, please do everything you can to stay safe. Beverly
    Westlake Village,
    California

    January 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  40. Nande

    The rhetoric about this shooting being the blame of the republicans, Sarah Palin, etc. Is ridiculous. Take one look at the kid that did this, he is clearly crazy. He wasn't listening to anyone but the voices in his head and they were not republican, democratic or tea party. I can site plenty of horrible remarks that go on both sides of the aisle. If you are going to allow pundits like , maher that only can see one side then let others site the remarks that are made the other way. I'm sick of all politicians using any tragedy to further their agendas. This kid's rationale was decided and put out there with no proof. Look at his rantings they are not political they are just insane. Your show trying to place blame is just upping the very rhetoric you are complaining about.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  41. Debbie Lewis

    I am a big believer in free speech, but we need to reinforce respectful rhetoric, and continue to counter the rhetoric of hate with logic and reason.

    Free speech is a fine line - and it should come with responsibility and accountability.

    We're becoming a "nah, nah, nah, nah, nah nation."

    I agree with Bill Mahrer, responsible members of society need to act like adults - versus bratty children who engage in stone-throwing as a normal modus operendi, without a sense of consequence.

    Unfortunately, guns are the new stones.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  42. Kat in Florida

    Where are the parents of Jared???? and how did
    he get a handgun under the "Brady BiLL????? You can make millions o laws but you have to enforce them.. why was he not drug tested????
    Why did the School not require a mental eval.?

    January 10, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  43. bree culley

    Hi Anderson,

    Great Program.

    My husband and I are seniors from Canada. We were thinking of visiting Arizon this winter..we both have arthitis and the doctor recommended a warm "dry " climate. I wish our travel agent had told us that Arizona is not only dry but that their people are permited to "pack" and conceal their weapons. Needless to say..."TRIP CANCELLED" You really need to think about what your so called "GUN LAWS" will end up doing for you economy. I for one will NOT be visiting the USA any time soon. So Sorry... I always enjoyed a visit down south...

    January 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
  44. Alma

    Anderson- Bill Maher is correct. The polictical
    climate in this country is horrible. Especially since President Obama became the president! Even my boss was never political and I always respected him, but now it is unbearable to even have a conversation with him. Every other word that come out of his mouth is negative and all about the government.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  45. Annie Kate

    I enjoy Bill Maher's comments and I agree with him. Pointing fingers now to ascertain blame is appropriate I believe – the longer we wait the more diluted our memories become of the event and it makes it less likely to really nail down a root cause or contributing factors to the event. I am afraid this is just the first episode in what could be a long run of similar episodes – we need to analyze things now and get some solutions out there so we don't subject other innocent people to a repeat of this tragedy.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  46. applehead

    Since when do we have a person that is clearly schizophrenic kill someone and who do we choose as an expert, Bill Maher. What a joke. Like he is an expert. I thought he was a comedian. Why does CNN use him as an expert to talk about this issue. All he spews is liberal talk against republicans. Listen to David Gergen and quit wasting time on liberal commedians. Have a non partisan discussion of the problem of treatment for mental illness or gun laws, not Bill Maher's way of the world which is liberally biased.

    Drop him from the discussion immediately. He' a "nut".

    January 10, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  47. TucsonLynne

    I live in Tucson not far from the Safeway Store where the shooting took place. I met Gabby Giffords by chance last November & found her to be delightful. I feel that the disgruntled shooter was looking for his 15 minutes of fame, the same as the shooter who killed numerous Nursing Instructors on Oct. 29, 2002, at the University of Arizona here in Tucson because he blamed everyone else for his problems. I would, however, like to see the political fervor ratcheted down.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
  48. Patricia

    While I would agree that there is no evidence of ties between political rhetoric and this heinous crime, I believe that we, as Americans, should expect better from ourselves. If any positive can come of Saturday's events, let it be a challenge waged to all to rise above blame and finger pointing and demand integrity and excellence. Our continued usage of inflamed language and tone eventually creates an acceptance and almost a silent transition into a tolerance of extreme behaviors. At times like this, I need to believe lessons are taken from tragedy.....will our lesson be to better ourselves????

    January 10, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
  49. aliousalam

    Lee was a registered independent.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  50. Michelle

    I have seen Sarahs "cross hairs" map more in the last three days in the media than I did the first go around. The media really needs to take a look at themselves while they are busy throwing rocks elsewhere. Did anyone really expect Bill Maher to be a part of the solution right now? I knew before he opened his big yap that he would continue to be part of the problem.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
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