Saturday, January 08, 2011

The Tuscon Shooter Was Deranged, Not Conservative

Thankfully, the latest reports indicate that Congresswomen Giffords is expected to recover from the shooting earlier today.  While there are still many things to sort out, one thing is clear.  This murderer was insane.  There was no coherent right or left political ideology that fueled his actions.  We must make sure that the media and the far left have no plans to turn this into some referendum of the tea party by blaming today's massacre on conservatives.  This is why I want to draw attention to one line from an ABC article on the murderer, Jared Loughner:

In the YouTube profile, the account holder, identified as Loughner, lists "The Communist Manifesto" and "Mein Kampf" among his favorite books.
A former classmate of Loughner's told ABC News he was extremely political in high school, but not radical. The classmate said Loughner once met Giffords in 2007 and said he thought the congresswoman was "unintelligent."(emphasis added)

It is quite evident that this guy was simply a madman.  This was not left wing or right wing terrorism.  A would be "tea party assassin" would not quote the Communist Manifesto.  In addition, Gabrielle Giffords is one of the most conservative Democrats and recently voted against Nancy Pelosi, much to the chagrin of some left wing websites.  There are also reports of people who knew him that are describing him as a leftist.  However, I am not saying that this attack was politically motivated from the left either.  He was simply deranged.

The bottom line is that as the week progresses, we need to make sure that the narrative is focused upon the important things such as security measures for public servants.  If the media attempts to conjure up images of the tea party while discussing the Tuscon massacre, we need to remind them of Loughner's choice reading.

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