Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Just a Little More on Saturday's Shooting

KT tweets a great article by Dr. Helen about our simultaneous toleration of and indifference to obviously mentally disturbed individuals like Saturday's shooter. She points out that opportunities to steer him towards help and the ability to do something about the mentally disturbed in the college setting are overlooked.

Drudge is filled with more headlines of politicians trying to make hay out of this shooting.

Dem Congressman: If Violent Rhetoric Didn't Cause This Shooting -- It Will Cause Next One!
MSNBC Matthews Cites Radio Stars Mark Levin, Michael Savage As Reason For AZ Shooting...
Dem Senator Fundraises Off Murders...

Lawmakers struggle for answers, consider curbs on incendiary speech...

OBAMA FLASHBACK: 'If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun'...
Dem rep urging 'civility' had called for FL guv candidate to be shot...

Meanwhile the WSJ today has a great piece about the historical context of "heated rhetoric." John Steele Gordon shows the disconnect between political belief and the actions of American assassins.

But in the U.S., assassination has almost always been the work of a lone, and usually lonely, gunman—albeit one often obsessed by politics in one way or another.
Reason.com reminds us that Americans are pretty level headed about the causes of this tragedy.

Meanwhile, in SLOBovia, local bloggers, W.C. Varones, Dean, and Left Coast Rebel hit back at the leftist meme that rhetoric or politics had something to do with the tragic shooting of Rep. Giffords.


  1. To me this whole tragic affair seems like a non-issue. It is deplorable that the left has implied, suggested, and otherwise stated that someone's words could make a person pull a trigger.
    Our right to free speech is guaranteed according to the 1st amendment. The left continues to deny the most apparent reason for this tragedy; human free will. You can't regulate away a psychopath's desire. Gun control advocates are taking advantage of a miserable tragedy to assault our 2nd amendment right.
    The whole thing disgusts me, it's about as bad as people protesting at soldier's funerals because they don't "support the war." Respect the dead, respect the families of those dead, don't push an agenda at some else's expense.

  2. The left deserves the backlash. Their opportunistic zeal was transparent.