Unlike so many I have remained silent and decided to watch and wait on judgment about who or what was the cause of the atrocity this past weekend in Tucson, Arizona. I watched as the "usual suspects" threw the blame on any number of people and ideologies. Blaming the attack on "rhetoric" by anyone they perceive as a political enemy. Looking for anything to link the enemy to this psycho and the reason behind his senseless attack. What was sad is I didn't have to watch long before the accusations started flying. The "usual suspects" with very little to go on decided, in my opinion at least, to use this as a way to get political capital against those they see as political enemies using very weak arguments to make certain people and ideologies look culpable for this senseless attack.
As the days go on I can't help feeling sad for the state of this country and the many people who do not let partisan hate and bickering control their lives. This attack was not an attack on any specific ideology it was an attack on Americans. Good people who had nothing to do with the shooter where either killed or inured and all many want to do is lay blame where no blame lies. Instead of mourning the losses and praying for the injured, many are at each others throats blaming each other and/or justifying taking away freedoms to prevent something like this from ever happening again. What is sad is no amount of blaming will bring back those we have lost. That coupled with the fact that part of being a free society has risks that come along with it. Sure limiting free speech or taking measure to control guns might help. But in all honesty is the small percentage of kooks these measures might stop worth the millions of good people they will affect adversely ? Are we willing to toss out some of the freedoms that makes our country so great to try and stop someone like the shooter?
I am not a scholar. I don't pretend to be more intelligent than anyone. I am an American though. I am proud of this country and love the freedoms that have been given to us. I also saw the shooting this weekend as an attack on Americans not an attack on Liberal/Conservatives or Democrat/Republican. It was one psychopath who decided Saturday was as good a day as any to perpetrate an evil and senseless deed. Using this as a rally cry to make the other side look bad or even worse using this atrocity to push for tighter legislation on speech or weapons is not only disgusting but cheapens the tragedy and shows just where certain people in media, politics or the blogosphere stand. During a time we should all band together, to bad so many on both sides are doing their damnedest to tear us further apart.
My thoughts and prayers go out to those injured and to the families of those lost in this heinous attack.
This article by another viner deserves more web time than the hundreds of garbage articles playing the blame game and pushing an apparent agenda.
To the victims of the Arizona Shooting, may you rest in peace, and a speedy recovery
A special thanks to KSHARK for going above and beyond to show a bit of humanity when so many others where to busy playing politics.