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Tucson Shooting Victim Charged for Death Threat to Tea Party Leader

By Doug Powers  •  January 15, 2011 08:14 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Welcome to Bizzaro World — even the local station couldn’t help but make note of the sad irony.

From KGUN9 in Tucson:

ABC News Anchor Christiane Amanpour hosted a remarkable gathering of victims, heroes, witnesses and first responders. It was the first time most of them had been together since Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a Safeway parking lot, killing 6, and wounding or injuring 14 others — a rampage that happened one week earlier almost to the hour.
On the front row was Kenneth Dorushka, who was shot shielding his wife from Loughner’s gunfire; and J. Eric Fuller, who was shot in the knee.

When Tucson Tea Party founder Trent Humphries rose to suggest that any conversation about gun control should be put off until after the funerals for all the victims, witnesses say Fuller became agitated. Two told KGUN9 News that finally, Fuller took a picture of Humphries, and said, “You’re dead.”
When State Rep. Terri Proud (R-Tucson) rose to explain and clarify current and proposed gun legislation in the state, several people groaned or booed her. One of those booing, according to several witnesses, was Fuller. Witnesses sitting near Fuller told KGUN9 News that Fuller was making them feel very uncomfortable.

The event wrapped up a short time later. Deputies then escorted Fuller from the room. As he was being led off, Fuller shouted loudly to the room at large. Several witnesses said that what they thought they heard him shout was, “You’re all whores!”

According to the story, Fuller was charged with one count of threats and intimidation and at least one count of disorderly conduct.

Will Fuller be the recipient of an angry phone call from President Obama for not following his “tone down the rhetoric” advice?

The Associated Press had the most accurate post-Tucson speech prediction: Any pause in harsh rhetoric may be short lived.

Somehow this too will all be Sarah Palin’s fault.

I’m posting on the fly (that sounds better than saying “I’m in a bar”) but if there’s any more info I’ll have updates. Enjoy your Saturday night, all!

Update: ABC News made a passing reference to “a threat” being made, but didn’t bother to mention that the threat was directed at a Tea Party member. Surprise.

Update II: Hot Air has the video.

**Written by Doug Powers

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