The blogosphere, TV news, and what's left of the traditional newspaper(s), is/are all over the place regarding the horrific shootings in Tuscon, AZ, yesterday that claimed 6 lives, and has resulted in AZ House Rep Gabrielle Giffords' direct-to-the-head shooting where she now clings to life in an ICU, thus far escaping all odds to be alive, as well as able to communicate, because a seemingly off-balance 22 year-old anti-government head-case decided to shoot her and anyone else in sight with a (reported) nifty 9 mm Glock carrying 30 rounds that all 22 year-old's should have at the ready in case they're in a bad mood.
What more can be written or said about this event that hasn't already been bandied about? What can this blogger add to the dialogue and outrage? Just my own voice. My own stomp through the crowded territory of Opinion.
Of course I must weigh in on this news. How could I miss such a flog against senseless violence, the much-talked-and-written-about hostile atmosphere of many in the USA who don't like the direction our country is and has been "going in." It really makes it such a wonderful, bitter environment in any country when leaders and supposed "role models" use suggestive violent language to get a rise out of the already extremely pissed-off.
As a refresher, check out this quote if you haven't read or heard some of the comments and veiled "marching orders" a few prominent assholes have been slinging. Here is one classic example:
As early as March, 2009, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota (who may run for Prez in 2012), said this happy little thing in a speech...
"I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us ‘having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,’ and the people – we the people – are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States.”
She's still sounding that alarm in 2011...just in a different way with the underlying message still the same.
Then there is merely one simple yet extremely "telling" action by the reprehensible Sarah “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD" Palin who did the following after yesterday's bloodbath:
"Former vice presidential candidate, Alaska governor and Tea Party leader Sarah Palin quickly pulled a graphic from her website today that used a gun "crosshairs" logo to show that her supporters were "targeting" the Arizona district of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords." (source: registercitzen.com)
Of course, much has been made about Palin's "reload" tweet. Supporters intimate that many "overreacted" to her remark. That she was simply being "strong." Okayyyy. Gun analogies are okay now? Especially if the majority of these comments are coming out of the mouth of "Babes." Well, fock-tards, go find a nice little corner in your horny brain to have your way with these "Babes" and, when your fantasy is over, remember that you may end up with a gun stuck down your throat rather than the tongue that has been wagging hatred over the past few years. That would be fun, wouldn't it?
Okay. Time to be "unfair and unbalanced" as much as possible. The culprit from yesterday's atrocious shooting may not have a thing to do with the incendiary putrid expectoration's of the women mentioned above or the madness implied by Glenn Beck and others of that ilk. The kid, whose name I prefer to ignore, may be just another crazed loner such as John Hinkley, Jr. (attempted assassin of Ronald Reagan) or Squeaky Fromme (attempted assassin of Gerald Ford), or Lee Harvey Oswald (ahem, cough, got a bridge to sell ya' re: Oswald). A tad unbalanced, this young man may be, but not the tool of any particular party for all we, the all-unknowing public, know at the moment of this post. He appears to be simply a loose canon malcontent.
I don't know how this will end up. A second "person of interest" is in the picture, as it were. Who knows? Maybe this mysterious man brainwashed the shooter for reasons most malignant. Or, maybe not. We must provide the benefit of the doubt when it gets down to those who gun down strangers in shopping centers or take out their vendetta-based fantasies on their current or former college or high school. There are all kinds of people out there who have their own reasons for what would seem to be "senseless violence." Time will hopefully unravel the true reason behind Saturday's tragedy.
I am one voice among many suggesting that the Palin's, et al, who use weaponry cheap talk to show us they have that good-ole' swagger aren't helping, but are dangerously harming what is already an extremely touchy trigger-happy group of malcontents/disgusted-with-government - or any "progressive" change in government - who deem themselves disenfranchised in one way or another in this land of the free and home of the brave. Yewp. The "free" - to carry guns into churches and bars. Yee haw! Ain't it all grand? (Are you brave enough to slip in the door when everyone in the bar is drunk and carrying?)
The sickening part of all of this is that the location of the shootings happened at a grocery store by the name of "Safeway."
Hey Bachmann, Palin - wanna go shopping for some cake with your clever icing filled with hate?
More to come....