Using A Tragedy
January 12, 2011 by Bob Livingston
In the wake of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that left six people dead and 14 injured, politicians are doing what politicians do best: Using a tragedy to push their freedom-stealing agenda.
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) wants to stifle free speech, saying vitriol in public discourse spurred the shooter to act.
“The shooting is cause for the country to rethink parameters on free speech,” Clyburn is reported to have told The Post and Courier. The paper reported Clyburn wants standards put in place to guarantee balanced media coverage with a reinstatement of the (unfair) Fairness Doctrine, in addition to calling on elected officials and media pundits to use better judgment.
Pima County (Arizona) Sheriff Clarence Dupnik foolishly blames Rush Limbaugh. The liberal media tried to blame Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle and the Tea Party.
Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) — who blamed the gun — is planning to introduce legislation to restrict large capacity ammunition clips in yet another attempt to restrict people’s ability to own the type of gun they want.
And liberal newspapers like The Baltimore Sun are calling for stricter gun control laws “to rein in the violence.”
All of this ignores the reality of the situation. The shooter — allegedly Jared Lee Loughner — was an unstable individual who acted out of some deluded fantasy. Media reports paint a grim picture of Loughner. He’s described by a former classmate as a Leftwing, pot head and by professors as disturbed; and his writings demonstrate that he is far removed from reality. Laws that restrict speech or firearm ownership are irrelevant to someone like that.
We can’t afford to let the elected elites and the corporate media use the actions of a lunatic to erase the 1st and 2nd Amendments.
There are now reports that the alleged shooter, Loughner, may have been obsessed with the Congresswoman and upset at her that she treated him in a way that insulted him in 2007. Reports are that a constituent letter from Giffords to Loughner was found in a safe at Loughner’s home with the words “Die Cops” and “Die Bitch” scrawled on it.
There is also the curious fact that Gifford’s YouTube channel was subscribed to two people’s YouTube channels, Loughner’s and another member of Congress’… evidence that Giffords and Loughner had some type of connection in the past. (By the way, that YouTube connection was scrubbed almost immediately after the shooting)