Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rhetoric from Left Now Needs Cooling

Listen folks, Sarah Palin was not responsible for what happened on Saturday in Tucson. Neither was Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck or the Tea Party. Jared Lee Loughner was the one who allegedly pulled the trigger, and there are no other suspects.

Details are starting to emerge that show that Loughner was a very disturbed young man who apparently had a plan to assassinate Congresswoman Gabby Giffords long before the world ever heard of Sarah Palin.

So, let's tone down the rhetoric a bit.

What Sarah Palin did in using crosshairs on her SarahPAC website to target Congresswoman Giffords' district and that of 19 others was in bad taste from the start. It seemingly had little to do with the way the shooting went down and little to do with the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords. It is more of an awful coincidence than anything.

Right-wing commentators like Rush Limbaugh are using the actions of the left to push forth their own agenda. He said that the entire "Democrat" Party is "running interference" for Loughner.

That's ridiculous and in bad taste, Rush, but let's not respond to his ludicrous comments with more craziness.

The real problem is that it's way too easy to get a gun in this country. That's something that's not going to change any time soon. No one has the guts to take on the NRA lobby. Even Congresswoman Giffords in her public statements has been someone who is very pro-gun. Until we get a handle on how easy it is to get a gun here in the United States, we are going to see these violent shooting incidents repeat.

No, I don't want your guns, either. You can keep them. I know it's not the gun's fault. It just seems like the everyday, run-of-the-mill citizen should have to go through some extraordinary measures to get a gun that can kill a lot of people at one time. It's just way too easy for a crazy man (or woman) to get hold of a weapon that can do damage to other people. It's certainly not the days of the old musket ball rifle anymore like it was in 1789. I don't have an answer, but I think that's the direction the conversation should go here.

In the meantime, let's keep the truth in focus. Congresswoman Giffords is one remarkable human. To have survived a headshot and to now be, according to reports, responding to commands is a near miracle. Studies say only about 10 percent of the people that are shot in the head survive. She's still in critical condition, but she is clearly fighting hard to be that one person in ten. Let's keep Congresswoman Giffords in our thoughts and continue to send our best wishes to the families of the six people killed.

Let's drop "the Sarah Palin is guilty and the Tea Party is her accomplice" rhetoric. It only adds to their ability to distort reality. Instead, let's hope justice is served to the alleged perpetrator, Jared Lee Loughner.


Hoosiers for Indiana said...

It is the Republicans that have said, "If ballots don't work then bullets will." Check TPM.com for the article.

It is the right that wants to kill everyone who disagrees with them. After all they have God is on their side! Why did Palin purge her site? The Republicans want to incite others to kill, so they can declare deniability.

Ronald Rodgers

Anonymous said...

Well Jon,

Should there be some accountability for public figures? Should they just be allowed to whip crazy folks in to some sort of frenzy? Is there accountability for you as a teacher?