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Memorial fund set up for Christina Taylor Green; Dodgers set up email address for remembrances

Jan 11, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

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As you surely know by now, one of the victims of Sunday’s rampage in Tucson was Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old daughter of Dodgers scout John Green and granddaughter of Dallas Green. The Dodgers have released a statement with details of how the public can help remember Christina and donate in her memory.  The entire release is here.  Here are the relevant details:

Family, friends and members of the community can share their thoughts and feelings Christina Taylor Green’s passing at greenfamily@dodgers.com. Emails will be compiled in a memorial book for the Green family.  If you prefer to send a letter, it can be sent to:

Dodger Stadium
c/o the Green Family
1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90090

Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Christina Taylor Green may do so by:

  • Logging on to the website of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona at www.cfsoaz.org and clicking on the link to the Christina Taylor Green Memorial Fund;
  • Contacting the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona by email at christinataylorgreenmemorial@cfsoaz.org, or by calling (520) 545-0313.
  • Checks may be sent to:

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
In Memory of Christina Taylor Green
2250 E. Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85719

There will be a public memorial service for Christina scheduled for this Thursday, January 13 at 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, which is located at 8650 N. Shannon Road in Tucson, AZ.

  1. elmaquino - Jan 11, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    It’s a shame people made such a horrific act something political. R.I.P.

    • Jonny 5 - Jan 11, 2011 at 2:02 PM

      Shocking? Not in the least.

      She’s my son’s age. And it tears me up just to think about it. That psycho better not ever see the light of day. If our broken justice system allows him any room to walk among us one day, it’s a gross injustice to the victims, as well as for every citizen.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 2:03 PM

      How is trying to get people to be more civil to one another, and trying to stop the angry and vitriolic speech quite often spewed to one another stopped, politicizing the tragedy in Tucson?

      • elmaquino - Jan 11, 2011 at 2:06 PM

        I see what you’re saying, but he did it because he’s a nut. nuts don’t think as complexly as you and me. Besides, what is the vitriolic speech? if you have examples, I’d like to see them.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 11, 2011 at 2:20 PM

        Rut roe…………………..

        “How is trying to get people to be more civil to one another, and trying to stop the angry and vitriolic speech quite often spewed to one another stopped, politicizing the tragedy in Tucson?”

        The left has been blaming Sarah Palin and a stupid map. I agree with the fact that our political system is overboard and irresponsible with it’s rhetoric. Has been for a long time. Ending it?

        Well, it would take someone to agree to do so, anything else infringes on freedom of speech. I’d love the big windbags who make a fortune doing so mind you to tone it down. We have come to the conclusion that it wasn’t the root cause. The root cause seems to be a stupid question from 3 years ago that bothered this guy, and he couldn’t let it go, he became obsessed with the congresswoman. “If words have no meaning, then what is government?” Ummmm…. Next. How does she answer that,since every word has a meaning.

        The finger pointing does need to end. I wish some talking heads would just go away, like Lintball.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 2:33 PM

        Both sides have been spewing it toward the other.

        Palin’s crosshairs and “don’t retreat, reload” ads, Grayson’s “Taliban Dan” ad, just about anything out of Coulter’s mouth, Beck’s constant and ever-present Nazi/Hitler/fascist references. Oh, and Olbermann can tone it down, also. But BOTH sides need to do it.

        And yes, he’s allegedly a nutjob—quite apparent, but not legally or medically proven as yet—but it’s much easier for environment to tip the unbalanced over the edge.

        And, Jonny, the impossible to answer question from three years ago hasn’t been ID’d as the “root cause” for this.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 11, 2011 at 2:51 PM

        Well actually it has been Ut, not by him, but by people who knew him. It was something he mentioned to them regularly, (allegedly). Which I accept as truth well before I believe a bunch of politicians who play the game “no holds barred” to smear their “opponents”. It makes me want to puke, but it is how it is. We don’t know, that’s a fact, so I guess blaming anyone or anything besides the vermin himself is just plain wrong.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 3:12 PM

        I am not blaming anyone other than this idiot for what he did. All I am saying is that the environment being created of late contributed and set the table for this tragedy. And it’s time for this crap to stop. Again, both sides (why the hell do I feel the need to constantly reiterate both?) need to address it and stop it. And from what I can see, Limpbonehead and Beck have only stepped it up.

        I also see it on here and other blogs and sites—people replying to comments with unnecessarily viscious and vindictive comebacks. It’s ridiculous and more than a bit frightening that kids are being raised around this.

      • iammaxa - Jan 11, 2011 at 3:29 PM

        Re: balance.

        I agree that directly blaming Palin et. al for the shooting is unfair. But to suggest that the left and right share anything like equal responsibility for recent trends in heated rhetoric is unctuous, and ignores the facts. Paul Krugman got it right on this point:

        Where’s that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let’s not make a false pretense of balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right. It’s hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents to be “armed and dangerous” without being ostracized; but Representative Michele Bachmann, who did just that, is a rising star in the G.O.P.

        And there’s a huge contrast in the media. Listen to Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann, and you’ll hear a lot of caustic remarks and mockery aimed at Republicans. But you won’t hear jokes about shooting government officials or beheading a journalist at The Washington Post. Listen to Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly, and you will.

        Even setting aside the question of rhetoric, meanwhile, you can just as easily (and perhaps more significantly) fault the right for insisting on gun laws which allowed an unhinged 22-year old to purchase a semi-automatic weapon at a sports store, and then carry it, legally, concealed and in public. I understand that people find it distasteful to “politicize” a tragedy like this; but if politicizing the shooting means taking it as an impetus to make needed changes, then so be it.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

        Ut, you’re right, I think. And I wasn’t implying you’re laying blame for the shooting, you seem to be upset about something that’s had me upset about our political atmosphere for years.

    • tomemos - Jan 11, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      Well, El Maquino, neither Craig’s post nor anything he links to is about political rhetoric, gun control, Sarah Palin, or anything else. And yet you brought up “something political” on your own. So who’s making it political now?

      • elmaquino - Jan 11, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        Chill man. I just didn’t want people to sting a politician for a nutjob’s actions. If I had my way, nobody would have even invented that notion.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

        She’s just a part of it. A more sizable part than others, mind you, but just a part nonetheless.

    • baseballstars - Jan 11, 2011 at 11:00 PM

      Completely agree. Credit to Craig for not doing so, and credit goes to her family for not wanting the little girl’s death used to take other people’s civil liberties away. My heart goes out to them.

  2. jimbeetle - Jan 11, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Okay, I know, you’re only a blogger. Still, you gotta’s get stuff correct.

    The Dodgers “created and email address.”

    The family “created a charitable memorial fund to honor the life and memory of Christina.”

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 11, 2011 at 7:00 PM

      I know you’re only a commenter, but I don’t like your comma usage.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 7:22 PM

        I like how he’s dissing on Craig and says “Still, you gotta’s…”

  3. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 11, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Let’s not forget how easy it is to purchase ammo and guns in AZ. Because, you know, everyone goes hunting with semi-automatic pistols and thus should be able to get ammo for one.

    • elmaquino - Jan 11, 2011 at 7:07 PM

      “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 7:16 PM

        Guns are a mechanism for people to kill people.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 11, 2011 at 7:27 PM

        The bullets do the guns’ dirty work. Wal-Mart sells them. AZ government allows them to sell them. People of AZ voted for the absence of gun control. Simple transitive property at work.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 7:35 PM

        Sharron Angle’s 2nd Amendment remedies come to fruition.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 11, 2011 at 8:58 PM

        If he couldn’t get a gun, he’d have driven his car into the crowd and had the same, or more devastating effect. Sure a gun makes more of a statement but it’s not the only way for a nutjob like this to make his statement now is it? Should we outlaw cars or the gasoline that drives them since like a bazillion more cases of vehicular manslaughter exist?

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 11, 2011 at 9:00 PM

        I say this because I’m right, and know it. Although a bazillion may be a slight exaggeration…

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:33 PM

        Because you’re right and you know it? It sounds like your ego is about as big as your deck.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:44 PM

        By the way, cars are quite useful. They can be used to get you from point A to point B. In the current economy—not getting into responsibility for that—they even serve as homes to people. They have been used to warm people up during the 75 blizzards we have had here in the Philly area in the last year or so. They are used for -ahem- special times between teenagers and not-so teenagers.

        Guns are used to harm people and/or things. And…um…uh…well, nothing else, really.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 11, 2011 at 11:28 PM

        Lets see 45,000 anually for autos compared to 10,000 by gun. And the percentage of children is much much higher for autos.

        And of course if we didn’t have guns we can always stab, or run people over with your car, or strangle them, or hit them with a log like the cavemen did before weapons existed.

        It’s doesn’t take an ego to know you’re right, it just takes knowing things. The fact is the whole “gun hate” thing is misplaced since people who want to kill, will kill, even if they have no gun. And as long as we exist guns will exist since any good machinist can make them. laws created to stop it will only effect good people like us who actually obey the laws. I find comfort in knowing I can protect myself and my family against these crimminals by having my own. My family won’t be victimized like Dr. William Petit’s family was. His wife and children Raped and murdered then burned alive. And the perps, had no gun.
        I choose to protect myself and loved ones, unlike this man who relied on the police. Which I’m sure he now wishes he had been a gun owner at the time.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/07/nyregion/07slay.html

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 12, 2011 at 12:56 AM

        Come on, Jonny. Where did those numbers come from? Any numbers I’ve ever heard/seen regarding shootings hover around 30k, not 10. And does that 45k include accidents (read collisions, etc.)?

        As for the gun vs. stabbing, etc., what are those numbers? A gun lets a person kill from a distance, making it impersonal. With the others, the perp needs to be up close, which makes it personal.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 12, 2011 at 8:35 AM

        I was referring to deaths, not injury. If I got into that the scales would be even more inclined to tip toward the auto’s being even more dangerous. Why would I make these things up when it all can be easily checked?

  4. Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    And may the Westboro Baptist Church and its members burn in the fires of Hell.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 7:43 PM

      Though that may be seen as somewhat incendiary.

  5. cidminion - Jan 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    A lot of you guys have some good points. Especially those mentioning how the both sides of the political fence are using such a horrid act as fuel to tarnish the other. Its amazing how disgusting some politicians and analysts really are but what can you expect right? Look you think an act like this is going to make me vote against guns? hell no, its my right to bear arms and if you think a law put in place to remove those weapons, or remove my protection your out of your mind. This act was done by someone who is ill, someone who’s moral thinking is way out of wack. Sadly you’re seeing that a lot these days because of the tough times this country is enduring. Its sad to see so many people break under the pressure, but it shows sometimes the weak minded people we have become.

    I pray that Rep Giffords and the rest of the victims make a full recovery soon.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:28 PM

      This idiot was able to get the gun because he lied on the application where it asks you whether you did drugs. Let me rephrase that. He answered a question on the form that asked whether he did drugs. What did he say? No. There was nothing there to say “Hey, ya know what? That’s a lie.” Hell, the only thing he had to do was make sure the form wasn’t in the room when he sparked one up.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 11:11 PM

      And I’m not saying anything about taking away anybody’s—with obvious exceptions—guns. I’m saying the laws already on the books need to be enforced and supplemented with stricter ones. Why does anyone need more than one? Or even two? And why does anyone need assault rifle and/or other semi- and full- automatic guns? There is absolutely no reason for them, except, sadly, for the military.

      But I do find it fascinating how the 2nd Amendment is constantly being thrown around with folks claiming the right to bear arms. Yes, the 2nd Amendment does guarantee the right to bear arms. However, the phrase that is almost always left out is the “well regulated militia.”

      Prior to this, I made no mention whatsoever of guns or gun control. I was strictly talking about the political and social climate and environment.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 11, 2011 at 11:37 PM

        It is endearing of you I must admit. That you think people who want to kill will actually follow the rule of law. Laws only effect law abiding citizens. The fact that this guy did do it lawfully is the exception. I wish it could be taken back as much as you, but he would have found one, somewhere, if his lawful attempts failed. Dude you live in Philly. I can get an illegal gun in a half hour for 50 bucks in the city. You should know that.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 12, 2011 at 12:45 AM

        This whole thing about the guns is doing exactly what I had no intention of doing, which is to—for want of a better term—politicize it. Ergo, I’m going to stop. It’s not that I think you are right, because I don’t. I think you are very wrong. I think I am right, and, if given the energy and another forum, i.e., one not connected to a 9-year-old girl’s tragic death—even though, unfortunately, incidents like this are really the only time the issue comes to the fore—I can try to prove it. But it’s late, I’m tired and this isn’t the appropriate forum. I’m going to bed.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 12, 2011 at 8:54 AM

        Well UT, that’s fine by me. I’m not trying to change your mind as much as I’m just trying to add a different perspective to the issue here. I think one way, you another, and that’s great. I just don’t like more laws being forced upon law abiding citizens because it’s another persons opinion that guns are the problem, when it’s just been people all along. I’d say by my pool of friends and family, we’re just about split down the middle on this issue. And the interesting part is, it seems people raised knowing how to handle and respect firearms think one way, and the people not exposed to them besides through media outlets on the nightly news think another way. I’ll tell you what though, since you do live in the city where it’s loaded with those who will stick a gun in your face for a buck, I strongly recommend that you learn about guns, pick out one that suits you, and protect yourself and your family with it. Then pray to Cake you never have to use it for that. And you won’t be a bad man for doing so. I hope my opinion on the matter hasn’t soiled your impression of me. I sure as heck haven’t changed my opinion of you over any of this. I enjoy a little healthy discussion. Now let’s get back to the only subject we can all agree on. When does baseball season begin again??

  6. Utley's Hair - Jan 12, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Oh, crap. Here I go again with the politicizing this tragedy here, but only once more.

    I beginning to think that we are apparently mirror images of one another—which, unfortunately for you (and your slave driver wife, though she had a choice in the matter), means that you are pretty damn ugly. By the way, I live in the suburbs (just about, depending on your definition of where suburbia begins and whether Jesus actually hails from there, but not really), not in the city. I can’t foresee any situation in which I would bring a gun into my house.

    And I disagree with you—go figure—on your assertion that borders on nature vs. nurture about being raised around guns and not. You also qualify your position with being raised “knowing how to handle and respect firearms.” The safeguards in place do not have any way of rooting out the ones who were NOT, in fact, raised “knowing how to handle and respect firearms.” Besides, you mean to tell me that the anti-government militias don’t raise their kids that way? The nutjob fringe groups don’t raise their kids that way? You think they want to be offed accidentally by one of their own jagoffs?

    And as I said above, automatic and assault rifles and these high capacity clips and magazines that this freak used have absolutely no place in a civilized society. They are made for just one thing—killing people in multiples, because why would you use that for hunting? When was the last time a herd of whatever stampeded toward someone to the point that this person needed to unload tens of rounds at a time? And why does someone need more than one gun? Or even more than two for that matter? The “well regulated militia” phrase in the 2nd Amendment is quite often glossed over—if not omitted altogether—in pro-gun rhetoric and speechifying. Jonny, I become exasperated when people take this issue lightly enough that they don’t cite the entire clause and justify it.

    As for you, my opinion may have shifted slightly, but not a lot. I am no longer envious of your deck, since you seem to be compensating for something in other areas. I do think you need to reexamine your opinion of your philosophical standing, though. It seems you are more conservative than you thought.

    • Jonny 5 - Jan 12, 2011 at 2:15 PM

      Well, no, I’ve always known how “conservative” I am. And i’ve always said that both parties have their good and bad points. Most bad though in all honesty. You seem to dredge up things about firearms I agree with. People don’t need sub machine guns. Although I’ve been offered them for sale, which I refused against my own inclination that it would be better off locked up in my gun safe then on the streets (yeah, crazy I know). People don’t need huge clips of ammo either. Which many states such as my own limits. I’m not arguing these points, because they’re right. As far as the question “Why do people need more than one?” Well this is still a free country I hope, and they want more than one. I collect antique firearms, some over 100 years old that work great, you’re implying I should not have that right. Well who the heck are you to legislate my life and my hobbies?Also do you realize there are many different configurations of rifles and shotguns specific to different types of Hunting? I guess not with that comment. Side arms are needed in addition for bear and big game hunting because the game can kill you. In addition to personal protection. Now just to refresh. I don’t care what your beliefs on guns are. I don’t discriminate against anyone over such beliefs. You can be as pink as the owens panther or as blue as the sky, and i don’t hold it against anyone. Everyone thinks and feels differently and that’s cool with me. I even learned to like Yankee and Mets fans, go figure.. And about the Deck. although funny funny and all, I really do have a new deck and it’s pretty damn big. And besides that I’m just an average guy… LOL, ok maybe just above average. Or at least I’d like to think that anyway.

      Ya big pinky you… I’m not even trying to tell you you’re wrong. Just that beliefs are divisive, and because some don’t jive with yours doesn’t make them wrong. Just different.

  7. uh1973 - Jan 13, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Folks:

    Can we lay off the who is to blame here. This is a nice story about the tragedy of a nine-year-old girl getting senselessley murdered by some nutjob. Sure he may have been pushed by vitriol from the right but please save that for another site. I am proudly a liberal and think it’s crazy America has such a fascination with guns and large ammo clips. That is not me. We need to look in the mirror as some sensible people have remarked. Instead we have political groups sparring over this and that. I have had my fill of the Tea Party nitwits screaming at healthcare town hall meetings and carrying their senseless signs depicting Pres. Obama as some African tribesman. We’re better than that. Where is the sensible dialogue between groups instead of screaming idiots all the time. I have never in my 50+ years seen people act like this. Sure people are frustrated with things, but the world ain’t perfect as they say. We don’t need to fight battles on this site where someone is doing something for a beautiful, young girl.

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