After publishing the initial story of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), the murder of the 6 who died, and the other 12 injured, I have intentionally avoided reporting on the story because I do not want to exploit the deaths of the victims. Many in the media and on the left, however, apparently have no qualms with making political hay out of this senseless tragedy.
Even with the Herculean effort the left has put into labeling Jared Loughner some sort of Tea Party fanatic, roused to anger by Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann metaphors, no evidence to back up these claims has surfaced. Even the Pima County Sheriff of 30 years blamed conservatives at a news conference in the early hours of the investigation, without any evidence to support his claim. The simple fact appears to be that Loughner was nothing more than a certified nut job! Some who knew him even called him a “left-wing pothead.”
Rather than write my own article on this deranged killer, the destruction he has caused, or the political reactionaries who seek to further their individual agendas in the wake of this shooting, I’ll point you to Dick Morris’ latest column–“There are no politics in murder.”
The conventional wisdom of the media establishment that strident and outspoken political debate catalyzes violence is an absurdity! Telling people to “kill pigs” as the sixties radicals did, in fact, encouraged violence. But vigorous political debate and strongly or even passionately held views have nothing whatever to do with the decision of some nut to kill a Congressman or a president.
Fantasies about Jodie Foster, instructions from Son of Sam, or delusions of omnipotence all can cause violence, but heated political debate doesn’t. To stigmatize strongly articulated opinions on the left or the right and blame them for the insane attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is outrageous.
Oklahoma City was an act of political terror, incited by resentment against federal tactics at Waco. It was not some speech that ignited Timothy McVeigh but a massive act of violence.
I continue to pray for Congresswoman Giffords and the families of all the victims of this insane act of a deranged man, but I will not stoop to the level of my opponents and politicize it.
Tags: Giffords, Gabby Giffords, Gabrielle Giffords, Jared Loughner, Jared Lee Loughner, Tucson, Shooting, Media, Dick Morris, Murder, Politics, Rhetoric, Political Rhetoric, Pima County, Arizona, Palin, Bachmann
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