The Slaughter in Tucson

January 13, 2011

It is being pieced together what exactly caused Jared Lee Loughner to kill six people and to wound 13 others at a public get together for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

We would like to think it was a simple insane act by an insane man but we know it runs deeper and is more ominous than that.

In the late 1960’s, the rhetoric of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy caused the lunatic fringe to act out. Everything King and Kennedy said and stood for, resulted in those standing on the opposite side of their politics being emboldened to act out.

Whenever they spoke in front of a large crowd, they put their lives in danger.

This may be what is coming to pass in the world we live in today.

The young man who shot the congresswoman in the head, who killed six others, including a Federal judge and a 9 year-old, seems to have known exactly what he was doing.

Like those incited by the politics they opposed in the 1960’s, he was apparently moved to action by the almost violent rhetoric that pervades so much of the mass media today.

It is high time we re-explore how we communicate our political differences or there will be more violence like that we witnessed in Tucson over the weekend.

  • Anonymous

    At the risk of ruffling some feathers here, I’ll say that words, in and of themselves do not promote the kind of atmosphere that caused Jared Lee Loughner and others like him to go on a shooting spree that killed and maimed a whole bunch of people outside a Safeway Market. Our society and culture have totally depended upon and revolved around firearms since day once, and we have witnessed the net results, in shooting sprees done by Jared Lee Loughner, the VA Tech shooter, and the people who gunned down MLK, RFK and JFK and others, as well as in many streets in our poorest urban areas, and disputes between friends, family and acquaintences that all too often turn deadly when firearms are present. I believe that what has happened overtime as a consequence of our society’s total dependence on the gun underscores the need for stronger Gun control legislature that would prevent guys like Jared Loughner and others much like him from having access to firearms.