“Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste”
That sadly is the sentiment of many heartless, shameless proponents
of political ideologies. The nation ground almost to a halt in the
second week of January, and not just because of the
arctic blizzard that shut down the eastern portion of the country,
clear into the Deep South. Congress cancelled its activities to
mourn the dead and the wounded from the
shooting rampage at a political event in a Safeway parking lot
The senseless losses are staggering. Six are dead, including
Arizona’s chief Federal Judge, a nine year old little girl named
Christina Taylor Green and four other perfectly innocent people.
Another fourteen people were wounded, some very seriously. The best
known victim in this evil act is
Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was standing in Congress
and taking part in the reading of the
Constitution just a couple of days before she was gunned down.
There are high hopes, and all our prayers, for her survival as she
remains in critical condition with skull and brain injuries.
In America’s capitol and across the spectrum of airwaves, it’s as if
everything has gone into tunnel vision. This case, the victims, the
perpetrator and the grandstanding by the local Sherriff and various
politicians and columnists dominated nearly every moment of airtime.
You would think that a crime of this magnitude would bring a common
reaction from all decent people. A reaction of concern for the
families of the dead, of care and empathy for the wounded and their
loved ones, a reaction of revulsion toward the demonic maniac who
perpetrated this mindless evil. And though that is the reaction of
all right-minded people, there’s a completely different slant
consuming the newspapers and the airwaves.
Suddenly, and almost immediately this horrific tragedy became the
basis for political grandstanding! From this buffoon who is the
sheriff of Pima County to a New York Times columnist, to quite a few
chattering faces on television this tragedy perpetrated by one
deranged monster has become an opportunity for them to denounce, and
blame prominent people who don’t see the world as they do. You’ve no
doubt heard the list of prominent individuals that have been accused
of using “rhetoric” that just might have pushed this goon over the
edge. Does this mean the shooter is just another victim of his own
Anybody with a shred of common sense or decency knows beyond any
doubt that nothing ever said by
or any other personalities they may not like or agree with, could in
any way have anything to do with the vicious act that was
perpetrated against those innocents in Tucson. The very suggestion
of such compounds the crime, disrespects the victims and just heaps
shame upon us all. But, obviously some of them have no shame. They
have already leapt into the spotlight to denounce opponents they
cannot best in any discussion on the merits.
Some politicians are trying to use the heinous crime to advance
their un-Constitutional political goals, which have failed despite
their decades of maneuvering. To name just a few of the things
they’re pushing now,
a limit on free speech—as if debate can be somehow linked to
mass murder. And, you had to know this was coming—gun
control. For some reason lefties want everyone to be defenseless
against murderers like this lunatic in Tucson, and never mind the
Second Amendment, as far as they’re concerned.
blowhard idiot that is the
sheriff of Pima County; Why were there no deputies on location
at this event where a Federal Judge and a Congresswoman were meeting
with other notables in public and under a big banner designed to
draw a crowd. Every event of this nature around Tyler and environs
always includes the presence of the Smith County Sheriffs. Where
were the blowhard and his deputies when it counted?
And why was this monster still walking the streets, and able to buy
a gun even after numerous incidents involving the Police, the
Community College and various threats? Every single one of these
mass shootings over the past couple of years have involved people
who were known to be unstable and potentially prone to violence, but
were allowed to operate without supervision and carry out hideous
crimes. I’m thinking of the
Virginia Tech shooter, and the
Fort Hood shooter, both of whom had exhibited all kinds of
warning signs that should have brought them under the scrutiny of
law enforcement and mental health agencies. But they were instead
allowed to continue moving freely among innocents until they
committed their mass murder atrocities.
And here’s one more thing that seems all wrong about the non-stop
coverage of the horrible crime in Tucson. Nearly every discussion is
accompanied by zooming in on the smirking mug shot of the demonic
monster who carried out this grisly crime. Why, oh why are they
beaming this palpable depiction of evil, bigger than life, into
everybody’s living rooms at every opportunity? I believe it’s a bad
idea, in all circumstances, to pump evil demonic images into our
minds and memories, and that we should all avoid such images in an
effort to stay as far away as possible from such diabolical
May God help the
healing of the injured, grant comfort to the grieving families
and protect the innocent from those that would cause harm.
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The deceased include (in
1.Christina-Taylor Green, 9, of Tucson. Green was
accompanied to the meeting by neighbor Susan Hileman. Born
on September 11, 2001, she had appeared in the book Faces of
Hope: Babies Born on 9/11 (page 41). She was the
granddaughter of former Major League Baseball player and
manager Dallas Green.
2.Dorothy "Dot" Morris, 76, a retired secretary from Oro
Valley; wife of George, who was wounded.
3.John Roll, 63, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for
Arizona, named to the federal bench by President George H.
W. Bush in 1991.
4.Phyllis Schneck, 79, homemaker from Tucson.
5.Dorwan Stoddard, 76, retired construction worker, from a
gunshot wound to the head; his wife Mavy was wounded.
6.Gabriel "Gabe" Zimmerman, 30, community outreach director
for Gifford, and a member of Giffords' staff since 2006.
The surviving gunshot victims include (in
1.Bill D. Badger, 74, a retired colonel of the Army National
Guard whose head was grazed by a bullet, moments before
subduing the suspect.
2.Ronald Barber, 65, deputy director for Giffords and former
Pima County program manager, who was shot in the cheek and
in the leg, severing an artery.
3.Kenneth Dorushka, 63, from New Jersey; shot in the arm.
4.James Eric Fuller, 63, a military veteran and retired
limousine driver, hit in the left knee and grazed in the
back by bullet fragments.
5.Randy Gardner, 60, mental health counselor, shot in the
6.Gabrielle Giffords, 40, U.S. Representative from Arizona,
shot in the head.
7.Susan Annis Hileman, 58, shot in the leg, hip, abdomen and
chest while accompanying Christina-Taylor Green.
8.George Morris, a retired Marine and former airline pilot,
shot twice; his wife Dorothy died in the attack.
9.Mary Reed, 52, shot in the back and both arms.
10.Pam Simon, 63, community outreach coordinator for
Giffords, shot in the wrist and torso.
11.Mavanell "Mavy" Stoddard, 75, shot in the leg three
times; her husband Dorwan died in the attack.
12.James Tucker, 58.
13.Kenneth Veeder, 75, a retired Vietnam veteran of the Army
Airborne Infantry; grazed in the leg by a bullet.