My sympathies go out to the families of those wounded or killed in Arizona by a mad man.
Investigations are already attempting to tie the murderer (Jared Loughner) to "right-wing" politics, but everybody misses the point:
A federal judge, a congressional aide and a young girl were among the six people killed, while Giffords and 13 others were injured in the bursts of gunfire outside a Tucson supermarket ...
The six killed included U.S. District Judge John Roll, 63, and 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who was born on Sept. 11, 2001, ...
Others killed were Giffords aide Gabe Zimmerman, 30; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Phyllis Scheck, 79.
These are the acts of a mad man.
Sunday's (January 9, 2011) "Meet the Depressed" offered up the most egregious theory:
MR. GREGORY: Lester, any questions about anti-Semitism as a motive? Apparently one of his favorite books, "Mein Kampf" by Hitler. We know Congresswoman Giffords is Jewish. Is that a factor at all that investigators are looking at?
Only a passing reference to Republican Judge John Roll, a Bush I appointee who had gone to the meeting to thank the Congresswoman:
REP. GRIJALVA [D-AZ]: Yeah. John, the, the chief justice there of the district court, fair man, great reputation, been a litigator and a prosecutor for 30-plus years in our community, was appointed by first George Bush to that bench, has nothing but a good reputation. And for, for him to show up to thank Gabby for her work in terms of getting additional resources for that overburdened court and to find himself, and his family to find him, now dead is, is the same commentary that Debbie just made. I mean, how, how do you explain this?
And danged little for The People that showed up for a Representative's public meeting:
[NBC's Reporter Lester] HOLT: Well, of course there was a federal judge, John Roll, U.S. District Court, a judge who was killed here. There were there elderly people, constituents. It was a small crowd that had actually gathered for this event. Also, a 30-year-old aide of the congressman--congresswoman among those killed. There were at least--including Congresswoman Giffords--at least 13 people, or perhaps more, who were wounded. Five of those, we're told, are critical condition. Some were treated and released.
Please read the transcript: most of it appropriately applauds Representative Giffords; the rest is devoted to political animosity.
Congress (who in their campaigns often breach rules of polite public discourse) and the Media (who amplify every disagreement or protest) are driving America Insane.
I commented on this almost a year ago.
In all fairness, I would encourage the Media to devote as much time to Christina Green, Dorothy Morris, Dorwin Stoddard, and Phyllis Scheck as they are devoting to the severely wounded Representative Gifford. When did CongressCritters begin to matter more than The People?
You know, whether it is a young nephew killed by a drug dealer, or elderly relatives dying of natural causes, I can take up to three days of leave to attend to Final Resolution. Our Republican House thinks different:
REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH): An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serves. No act, no matter how heinous, must be allowed to stop us from our duty.
But The House won't do ANYthing this week, and the Senate decided to take another break before this all happened. Some "duty."
PPS: A Google search on the phrase "kill republicans" yields approximately 8 million results. The similar phrase "kill democrats" yields but 5.4 million. To be fair, the phrase "dump congress" yields 7.78 million entries.