By: David Bailey ©
January 10, 2011


It shouldn’t amaze me, but it does, that pundits and politicians will take any tragedy and try to turn it into an opportunity to bang their political drums. The tragedy in Tucson is no exception. It started with the Pima County Sheriff, Clarence Dupnik, when he took it upon himself to make baseless innuendos and comments during a press conference that placed the blame of this act of violence on the shoulders of “those who spew vitriol” and in a roundabout way blamed it on the citizens of the state of Arizona because, in his words, “we have become the capitol, the mecca for prejudice and bigotry”. The word exploitation comes to mind when reliving his press conference. The only thing that Sheriff Dupnik has proven in his baseless comments is that it is time for him to retire and be thanked for his 50 years of law enforcement service.

Everyone wants a reason why these things happen. The fact is that there is no good reason why these things happen. Some killers use their right wing beliefs, some killers use their left wing beliefs and most use some convoluted reasoning in their own mind as to why they commit these horrific crimes. As soon as I read the ramblings of the killer, Jared Lee Loughner, on his Facebook and YouTube postings, I quickly made my unscientific diagnosis that he was probably schizophrenic. Schizophrenics commonly think in a circular or spherical motion that only makes sense to them. It is not uncommon for schizophrenia to not become apparent until the person is in their 20’s. Nothing about the killer’s actions or words indicate that his motivations had anything to do with right wing talk show hosts or politicians. Even though left leaning politicians and media pundits would like you to believe that this horrible, criminal, act was motivated by right wing hate, there is no evidence or proof that this is the case. As a matter of fact, the killer listed Marx as some of his reading and a friend has indicated that he was actually quite liberal and his beliefs were quite left leaning.

The bottom line is that we will never have a sufficient answer as to why these innocent people were killed and wounded. No matter the killer’s reason, it will never be good enough. Now we need to focus on healing and honoring the dead and the heroes of the moment.


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