Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona, guns and insanity: II

Call it sheer coincidence, but yesterday, following the horrific Arizona shooting, Sarah Palin made a change to her website, removing the chart with the gun sights by the names of 20 Democrats (including Gabrielle Giffords). She then posted on Facebook that her and “Todd’s” thoughts and prayers were with the congresswoman.

These are words. Mere words. As I blogged about a few weeks back, your thoughts and prayers are nice and dandy and well-intentioned, but actions define a person. Hell, I’m sure most Americans are either praying for the victims or at least thinking of the victims. Democrats, Republicans, independents, indifferents—when you hear about people being shot (especially a 9-year-old girl, who happens to be the granddaughter of Dallas Green), you mourn. Naturally.

But actions—actions matter.

Throughout the past few years, I’ve watched with jaw agape as Sarah Palin has gained steam with every apparent misdeed. Whenever she says something that’s utterly moronic or exhibits racist/xenophobic behavior, her backers seem to morph into more backers, and then into more backers.

Well, I want to see what happens now, in the aftermath of Giffords’ shooting; in the aftermath of Palin placing a gun sight by her name. I want to know if she will apologize (she won’t) and if her supporters will finally open their eyes and say, “Is this a person we really want to support? Is this a person worth believing in?”

I know … I know—cliche says tragic times call for an end to political posturing. And, normally, I agree. But not 100 percent. We are heading in the wrong direction in this country, and I don’t mean economically or socially. I mean, well, angrily. There is a palpable anger that has turned dangerous, and it needs to stop, and leadership needs to come from the top. I know little about John Boehner, the new speaker of the house, but he seems like an emotional man with some sound sense. I am hoping that he uses this event to help better the process; to ease up on the vitriol and help all of us take a deep breath and relax.

I hope this horrible event winds up helping the process.

Alas, I have little hope.

PS: This, from a Palin spokesperson, who said the gun sights were not actually gun sights: “I don’t understand how anybody could be held responsible for somebody who is completely mentally unstable like this. Where I come from the person that is actually shooting is the one that’s culpable,” she said, before intimating that the suspect, Jared Loughner, is actually a liberal. “It seems that he people that knew him said that he was left-wing and very liberal—but that is not to say that I am blaming the left. I never went out and blamed Al Gore or any environmentalist for the crazy insane person who went to shoot up the Discovery Channel,” she said.

7 thoughts on “Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona, guns and insanity: II”

  1. She won’t apologize because it is doubtful the shooter was even aware of her tasteless campaign.
    Jared Loughner appears to have simply been a mentally disturbed wacko with no connection to Palin, or her politics.
    She is an idiot, but trying to put the blame on her seems to be misguided.

  2. America is a nation founded on violence and built on the authority of the gun. What happened yesterday is an irrelevance that will be forgotten, like Columbine, Charles Whitman, JFK and Virginia Tech. It’s an acceptable collateral effect of the second amendment and the desperate belief in the American way of life and the Land of the Free. Sarah Palin is no more liable than Obama or any other politician.

    Jayne Dean: “Why! does our world have to be so messed up?”

    It isn’t the world, it’s just America. America is not the whole world. You have these shooting sprees every year or two and yet you all pretend it’s a big shock. It’s not. That’s America for you. You are a violent people, both domestically and in your foreign policy. The Romans needed grain and massacred civilisations to get it. You need oil and you massacre civilisations to get it. There’s no difference. You have ignored history and commit its same mistakes. You all talk about evil and god’s grace, yet you don’t realise that you perpetuate evil and have no grace, divine or human.

    Stop phuqueing bombing people.

    Stop giving people (US citizens and foreigns dictatorships) guns.

    Stop turning politics into a fight against the devil (you idiots). Fight policies, not personalities.

    Stop voting for politicians who perpetuate the myth that America can exist in isolation – we’re all in this together: muslims, christians, black, white, gay, straight, yes, even the French.

    You might think that the Tucson tragedy is an internal affair but, I’m sorry, since you made domestic policy a matter of foreign affairs it’s most definitely not.

  3. I agree that we should end comments like guns, bombs, shoot, target, etc in everyday conversation and commentary… but the targets I saw on internet were not on faces, but on a map and districts. A fairly significant difference…

  4. George
    ALL nations have been founded on violence. Before the gun there was the arrow and the sword.
    The Native Americans warred with each other.
    The Ottoman Empire was by violence.
    The Roman Empire was by violence.
    Russia, Taliban, Spain, Iran, Vikings, China, Sudan, Japan, Germany, …
    The list goes on and on and on.

    Quit trying to blame America – It’s Man! It is what we are. “Might Makes Right”. That has Always been the law of man.

  5. Keith Olbermann is part of the problem, not part of the solution. People are calling his “special comment” brilliant. But what did he really say? “Violence is bad? Let’s not incite it?” Yup, he really reached on that one. The truth is that Olbermann is among the most ferocious at demonizing those who disagree with him. He is among the most vicious partisans and someone who does little but put down others with this sense of high and mighty condescension. He is not Walter Cronkite. He is not Edward R. Murrow. He is not Jon Stewart. He is not even Jeff Pearlman. He is a small and petty man with a big mouth and a loud microphone. Let’s not trust him with saving politics from the Sarah Palins of the world. He is one of them.

  6. Sarah Palin had nothing at all, in any imaginable way, to do with the crime that this gunman committed. So, why even bring her into it? What do you or we as a society gain from that?

  7. Does anyone else think that after what happened to Gabrielle Giffords, that she will come out with the same beliefs again in politics and do the same kind of work? Or do you think that this incident will cause her to reconcile?

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