Yesterday became one of those days that Americans dread. Something inside someone, some stranger, goes terribly out of wack and the end result is rampage and carnage and death. Such was the case yesterday where Congresswoman Gabby Giffords met with constituents at a Safeway in Tucson, right there in her district. By 10 am Arizona time, 6 people lay dead and the congresswoman was fighting for her life along with 6 other people. One of the dead was a federal judge. A 9 year old child was shot in the chest at point blank range.
It is all too easy to start analyzing and blaming. Human nature kicks in real quickly when events like this happen. All of us start trying to make sense out of something so tragically senseless.
According to moonhowlings poster Ken Anderson:
I think Ken Anderson is right. Let’s not start pointing fingers and casting blame on anyone other than the shooter. From all indications, the shooter was a seriously emotional disturbed individual and not part of any political movement. That fact, however, does not remove us from any responsibility as far as what we say and how we say it. Casting aspersions on our political opponents, Giffords’ opponents, or those we feel have made threats in the past simply proves nothing and is unproductive, especially on a blog.
Perhaps this is should be a time where we come together to try to resolve our differences rather than create an even wider chasm. It appears that is exactly what our elected officials in Congress are doing. All voting has been suspended for next week. Hopefully some peace and understanding will emerge from this tragedy.
Our congress men and women should be able to move about freely in a free society. When they are unable to do this, perhaps we are no longer a democracy.