I’ve been horribly upset about the shootings in Arizona. To think of a nine-year-old child – ironically born on 9/11/01 – cut down by a lunatic is enough to make anyone cry. Add to that five other people killed, more than a dozen wounded, and of course Rep. Giffords recovering from being shot in the head, and the whole thing is enough to make anyone weep.
And all this mayhem was caused by some absolutely demented madman who was kicked out of a math class for his erratic behavior.
I’ve been praying for the dead, their families, and the wounded.
But long before the full details of the event unfolded, I know I could predict one thing: no matter who dunnit, no matter what the motives or background of the killer…it would be the Patriots of this nation who would take the blame.
Gee whiz, looks like I’m right. What a surprise.
No matter what kind of a malevolent lunatic Loughner is, no matter what his motivation was, no matter what was on his list of favorite books, no matter what Ms. Giffords’ politics were and what she did… somehow, some way, we Patriots are at fault. It’s our fault that we defend the Second Amendment. It’s our fault that we want our country to return to its constitutional roots. It’s our fault because we are Patriots, not Loyalists (read this to understand the distinction).
And it’s easy to predict what the fallout will be. Guns and ammunition will be further restricted. Free speech will be limited. (That is, any rhetoric critical of left-wing policies or politicians will be limited. Betcha those standards won’t apply for any Conservative policies or politicians.)
Rahm Emanuel was SO right: “You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste; it’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid.” The liberals in this country are working hard to ensure those words stay true.
Please, Ms. Giffords, get better. Let the lunatic Loughner be cheated of at least one of his victims.