Giffords, Guns, and Political Pandering
Jenny EriksonThe vitriol spewed by many ‘news’ sources after the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, last Saturday has been pointless, political, and extremely uncalled for. A congresswoman was shot through the head and will probably never fully recover. Six people died, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.
It wasn’t just Palin that the left accosted, but the Tea Party movement in general. Because, you know, Tea Partiers are so violent. That’s why there are always so many arrests at Tea Party rallies. (That was sarcasm, by the way. Tea Partiers may be crazy about Glenn Beck, but they’re not violent.)
Shooter Jared Lee Loughner was a cuckoo-crazy-pants individual who was not in any way associated with the Tea Party, much to the dismay of the mainstream media. Nor was he a proud Obama supporter, as others have claimed. He is a mentally ill young man, and there is simply no explanation for this untenable event other than ‘sometimes bad things happen.’
Right after the left vehemently and falsely blamed Palin and her cross hairs map, and the Tea Party and its violent rhetoric, it immediately called for stricter gun regulations. Never let a good crisis go to waste, after all. Instead of mourning the tragic death of six people by a madman, liberals were already politicizing the event for their own political agenda.
The father of Christina Green, the murdered 9-year-old, recognizes this for the tragedy that it is, and doesn’t want more gun restrictions. He told the Today show: "This shouldn't happen in this country, or anywhere else, but in a free society, we're going to be subject to people like this. I prefer this to the alternative."
Guns didn’t kill anybody in Tucson last Saturday -- Jared Lee Loughner did. Using this story to outlaw firearms is as ridiculous as outlawing Happy Meals to combat childhood obesity. When people, for whatever reason, decide to shamelessly disregard human life, no anti-gun law is going to stop them. No murderer has ever said to himself, “Well, I was going to kill a bunch of people today, but owning a gun is illegal, so there goes that plan.”
Lawmakers and the media should be ashamed of themselves for their atrocious behavior over this debacle. The memory of those who have died is stained with vile accusations of blame and political pandering, rather than the coming together of the American community that they deserved.