Arizona shooting: Seven times politics turned to threats or violence last year

Saturday's shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) of Arizona wasn't the first time in recent memory that a member of Congress has been targeted for his or her views.

By , Staff writer

6. The Tides Foundation

Employees of the Tides Foundation, a San Francisco-based liberal organization, were the intended targets of a July assassination attempt that has been linked to political ideals of Fox News commentator Glenn Beck.

Heavily armed, Byron Williams was captured after injuring two police officers in a shootout on a California freeway, and in interviews since, he has said Mr. Beck's explosive condemnations of the foundation helped spur him to act.

“I would have never started watching Fox News if it wasn't for the fact that Beck was on there. And it was the things that he did, it was the things he exposed that blew my mind,” Mr. Williams said from his jail cell.

Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old accused of carrying out Saturday's shooting in Tucscon, has been linked to American Renaissance, an anti-immigrant group. Authorities say they believe he targeted Giffords but have not identified a motive, characterizing him as mentally unstable.

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