First, let me start by saying I’m simply heartbroken and appalled at the tragedy in AZ. My prayers to the the family and friends of the victims.
I’m also angry. I’m angry that time and time again Jared Loughner slipped through the cracks from as far back as 2007 and possibly before. There were many red flags – no, huge neon signs that were ignored. Perhaps if someone had taken the time to follow through with Loughner after he was kicked out of community college and not allowed to return without a mental evaluation, maybe…just maybe this all could have been prevented.
Truth be told, there was a whole chain of events that if acted upon could have prevented this tradgedy. Many people dropped the ball, but the fact remains that the blame and responsibility lies squarely on Jared Loughner’s shoulders and no one else’s.
Loughner had no comprehensive political agenda..he was mentally ill. He supported Pelosi, but hated Giffords, he hated the government and burned the American flag, he believed police were unconstitutional, etc… Too many people are trying to make sense of a senseless act. To place blame on anyone other than Jared Loughner is divisive and irresponsible. To blame his acts on any political party is simply speculative opinion, and unproductive.
There have always been madmen who will seek to do harm. Was it rhetoric from the GOP that caused Booth to assassinate Lincoln? How about JFK, Robert Kennedy or MLK?
If you listen to angry individuals like Sheriff Dupnik of Arizona he’d have you believe so.
To blame political vitriol is absurd. The current tenor of political discourse from both sides may be overheated and angry, but it doesn’t cause sane people to go out and commit murder, mentally ill people do that.
By the way, while I’m on the topic of the Sheriff… how irresponsible and just plain stupid can one person be? He’s a law enforcement official putting political spin and offering a divisive opinion on an open case before the bodies are even buried. Nice Sheriff. Perhaps it’s time you retired.
Then we have all the anti-gun people crawling out of the wood work, (like I didn’t see that train wreck coming), using this tragic event to push their political agenda.
Do they not realize that when a mentally disturbed individual such as Loughner is determined to hurt himself or others, that person is going to do whatever it takes to follow through? Of course they know it, but this is the perfect opportunity for them to take advantage of and capitalize on knee jerk reactions that often happen following an incident of this magnitude. Shame on you.
Well here’s an opinion I think matters. The opinion of John Green, father of Christina Taylor Green the 9 year old girl that was murdered by Jared Loughner. He states in an interview, “We don’t neeed anymore restrictions on our society”
(See the video below for full context.) Well, I agree with you Mr. Green and may God grant you and your family the strength to see you through the loss of your princess.
The best we can hope for to come out of this is to learn from it…and there’s much to be learned. Learn from the mistakes made so that hopefully, another incident like this may be prevented in the future.