The far right is being extremely defensive about the Gifford’s shooting, ready to defend their precious tea parties to the bitter end. There are elements within the extreme left who would be rather glad to see her go. It is all rather juvenile and really disgusting. The Frum Forum is doing a great job covering the idiocy of the right and the left.
Frum has also uncovered the fact that Jared Lee Loughner is a “Pot smoking loner”.
“…After horrific shootings, we hear calls for stricter regulation of guns. The Tucson shooting should remind us why we regulate marijuana. Jared Lee Loughner, the man held as the Tucson shooter, has been described by those who know as a “pot smoking loner.” He had two encounters with the law, one for possession of drug paraphanalia. We are also learning that Loughner exhibited signs of severe mental illness, very likely schizophrenia.
The connection between marijuana and schizophrenia is both controversial and complicated. The raw association is strong:
Schizophrenics are twice as likely to smoke marijuana as non-schizophrenics.
People who smoke marijuana are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia as those who do not smoke.
But is correlation causation?
Increasingly experts seem to be saying: “Yes.”…”
Frum echoes my concern that the shooting is now going to be a vehicle for gun control.
Ed Morrissey is doing some of the best work on the incident, without blaming anyone. He suspects the shooter is an anarchist. This makes sense – a heck of a lot of sense. What concerns me is the rambling about the gold standard and our currency, but from what I can tell, it is the ramblings of a nut. From Tucson Weekly.
Firedoglake has a photo: Jared Loughlin. I was telling someone on the phone that even if the tea partiers are annoyed with Gifford, or if the absolutely rabid anti-immigration faction in Arizona is furious with her, they are not crazy enough to shoot someone. From what I can tell about the guy he is seriously mentally ill, another John Hinckley, Jr.
Rational individuals have the right to say they are “targeting” a person in an election and not have that statement be interpreted as an actual physical attack on a person. Unfortunately there is very little rational behavior within the right or the left lately.
Erick Erickson, who has absolutely no class, wrote the following dribble that is almost as unintelligible as the writings of the accused. You can always count on Erickson to seek the lowest common denominator.
“…A terrible tragedy today. Rep. Giffords of Arizona was gunned down and, though early reports were that she is dead, the hospital is confirming, as of this writing, that she is alive and in surgery. 11 others were apparently shot and six others are dead.
I spent an hour with Rep. Giffords a few months ago. She and I were sitting in Jim Bohannon’s studio with Robert Reich was on the air. She’d driven him over to the studio. We chatted for an hour. We disagreed on much. She was extremely, exceedingly nice.
My prayers are for her and her family.
Unfortunately, the left is using this tragedy to score political points. Rep. Giffords was on Gov. Palin’s target list for defeat this past November. The left claims Gov. Palin has blood on her hands. So does the tea party movement.
Less than a year ago a gunman stormed into the Discovery Channel’s headquarters, taking hostages and threatening to kill them all. The left immediately accused the man of being a tea party activist.
Unfortunately for the left, the man turned out to be an envirowacko leftist raised on Algore’s global warming garbage….”
AZStar Net has a photo of the suspect.
Hillbuzz puts the whole right blame left blame into perspective. Several years ago the far left was after Giffords.
Then there is this from Hillbuzz
Then we have the usual tea party defenders who are being extremely defensive in their defense.
Fire Dog Lake is blaming Jesse Kelly for the incident.
And the always classy Michelle Malkin:
Newsbusters blames Jane Fonda for being in a snit and blaming SP and GB.
The Frum Forum has been monitoring the situation. Cindy McCain put it best:
Cindy McCain is right. The political dialogue in this country is deplorable. There are any number of us who have been discussing the fact that one of these days someone is going to start shooting. Just look at the Paul Krugman blame game.
Where does it stop? St. Francis said it best:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
When do calmer heads cry enough is enough, and demand the extremes on both sides sit down, shut up, grow up and act like adults?
The tragic commentary is the fact that many seemingly rational individuals who should know better have automatically assumed the worst. When The Pink Flamingo first heard the news, I told my mother, who had called, that Arizona is a tinderbox. I’ve been saying for years that someone is going to start shooting. It doesn’t matter which “side”, some nut case is going to take the whole thing far too seriously and begin shooting.
Political operatives and activists may be in your face, and make threats, but they rarely if ever carry them out to such an extreme. It is almost always the lone idiot, mentally disturbed person who has fallen through the cracks, who has a complaint, or wants to be famous, listening to the voices in their heads, who does this stuff.
As much as I might like to make a snarky remark about the really disgusting anti-immigration factions in Arizona, the out of control tea partiers, or the out of control open borders people, I told a friend I am thankful the shooter was not Hispanic and I am thankful he was not far right.
I am far more concerned about a gun store owner who sells such a high powered weapon to a person with a history of mental illness. I am more concerned about people who knew Jared Loughner was disturbed and did nothing. Where was his family? Why were they not keeping an eye on him?
As The Pink Flamingo writes these words, there is a report that there is possibly an older accomplice. If so, this person needs to be taken out, if they encouraged this seriously disturbed creature. Sarah Palin is not to blame. Neither is Nancy Pelosi, George W. Bush, John Boehner, nor Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Glenn Beck is not to blame. Ron Paul is not to blame. LaRaza is innocent. Jared Loughner is the culprit here.
It is a terrible sign of the times to hear J. D. Hayworth pontificate on the my bad of the sheriff of Pima County. That isn’t necessary. Like Cindy McCain said, it is time people attempt to be more civil.
If the extremes on the political scene do not learn how to play nice, I fear they are simply going to inspire more idiots to do more horrible things.
I could pontificate more, but I think we need to stop and comprehend some of the wisest words ever uttered. If you do not understand them, or do not think they apply to you, then you are part of the problem, not the solution.
3 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 ‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
13 ‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14 ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
17 ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfil.
18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
21 ‘You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not murder”; and “whoever murders shall be liable to judgement.”
22 But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, “You fool”, you will be liable to the hell of fire.
23 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you,
24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.
25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.
26 Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.