In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
As someone who has lived in Tucson for the past 12 years knows, Tucson is an uber-liberal city. They freaked out here when the masses no longer needed a permit to carry concealed (DW and I are still waiting to see how fast that is going to be taken away after this tragedy) and last call was moved from 1am to 2am.Sarah Palin? Is that the best they can do? I have a better idea. How about we blame, drum roll please, the shooter! Yes, that's right, I said the shooter! I don't care if he wasn't loved enough by his father (as is being reported in our local news) or about any other excuse. He did it, it was witnessed by about 100 people, and he should bear sole responsibility for his actions. Now, wouldn't that be a progressive idea indeed.
I am shocked! Totally shocked!! What, they couldn't find a way to blame George Bush for this tragedy? I mean they blame him for everything else. Really, they need to spend a few extra minutes and find a way to make it his fault. That would be true to form. Seriously, though, they have determined that Loughner acted alone, and he was seen by more that 2 or 3 people, so there can be no question about his guilt, the bible tells you what to do with evil like him. Instead of punishing the innocent people and rewarding him. I mean, he will now get many years (even if getting the death penalty) of a warm bed at night and free meals and cable tv, where he is getting to see his name and picture plastered every where. As far as I am concerned Loughner lost the right to live, when he stole that right from 6 people and tried to steal it from 13 others. Hold these people responsible for their actions. Make a consequence for people like him. That would stop most of this violence IMHO. If someone in that crowd would have been carrying a concealed weapon, Jared Loughner would have gotten his just reward and several others would not have been killed or injured. Ok...getting off the soap box now. Dawn
Great article! I'm a little more inclined to think that the orchestrators of all this foolishness aren't doing it to create a perfect society though. I think they're in it for the money. Theirs, though. Not ours.
I thought the grieving father of the little girl was very courageous when he spoke to the media about our freedoms. He said his daughter would not have wanted more restrictions on our liberty and he and his wife did not want them. Let's remember to pray for this family. Jennifer
Great article! I never cease to be amazed at how the left will try to blame every little thing on the right.
The biggest muck-raker is the sheriff of Pima County. He held a press conference and immediately went after Conservative media. From there, the hatred snowball (or should that be whirlwind, since we're talking about the desert?) grew bigger and bigger. But that wasn't enough for the sheriff. He continued his hateful rants when interviewed. He began to name specific Conservatives as the reasons for the nutjob's mass murder. The sheriff apparently thought HIS hate speech was perfectly justified, but nobody else was entitled to an opinion if that opinion was on the right side of the aisle. HYPOCRITE. I am not a particularly good student of the Bible, but I know somewhere in it there is a verse about hypocrites. How they are to be avoided. When will the people of this country wake up and see the hypocrisy of the left? When will more of us say we've had it with "do as I say, not as I do?" The madmen who do these dreadful things are quickly forgotten. The laws that leftists pass in their wake are with us forever. Shouldn't we, instead, remember the madmen and remain vigilant, rather than punish all Americans as a result of the actions of the deranged? It used to be in this country that only the guilty were punished. In the past 50 years, it has become a standard operating procedure to punish the innocent and make excuses for the guilty. That just isn't Right...it's wrong.Anonymous PatriotUSA
This shooter is a a self loving a-hole. Those of you who want to believe otherwise, you are in for a bad ride. You have hitched your horse to a weak spot. This man is NOT insane but rather he is just an A -Hole with a giant demented ego. Let him burn!
Thank you for articulating so eloquently the comparison of left-wing liberals to witch-hunters. I am amazed that anyone with an ounce of intelligence, integrity, and morality is unable (more probably unwilling) to see beyond the leftist agenda mania that has taken hold in the highest offices of our government. I try to express similar views to some of my colleagues, but am usually regarded as a 'right wing fanatic', which is worrisome when I hear the rhetoric blaming conservatives for the Tuscon tragedy. Unfortunately, until the leftist-biased media is transformed back from a propaganda machine to a watchdog enterprise, I will have to continue defending my views which support upholding the Constitution AS WRITTEN and beliefs based on morality and common sense.
Patrice: Great article as always! I too am appalled at the efforts by the left to use this tragedy to make new laws THAT WOULDN'T HAVE STOPPED THIS ANYWAY! Schumer is a particularly aggregious case; he's essentially arguing that a positive drug test should make it illegal for you to ever buy a weapon. The way he presents it will sound good to lots of people, but the effect will be making gun ownership illegal for 75% of the population. We have to find a way to stop the insanity!Lindsay: Sometimes it's about the money, but the money is a means to an end. It's really about power. We need to start looking for candidates who, like George Washington, don't really want the office but will serve because it is their duty.Ben
It took decades to get into this mess, and it will take decades to get out of it as well....I think we're at that turning point right now, where "the masses" are beginning to realize their responsibilities in regards to knowledge and who they elect and what those people actually do once elected.....Those who have been paying attention all along are going to also have to realize it'll take those people who are "behind" a while to catch up, and then to learn to act rather than sit back and let others "take care of it for them"......The Crossroads gun show in AZ carried on as scheduled....the comments to articles out there are growing in support of our consistently battered natural rights; asserting them, reclaiming them, fighting for them.....they're getting louder,,,,,There will always be crazy people in the world, but there doesn't have to be unknowledgeable lazy people around - that is correctable.....
As long as the witch hunters are all democrats then I guess it must be all good? I am so sick of letting those far left nuts be on the offence. Let's take it to them. Any represensitive who is not willing to stall/block whatever those people are trying to do, should bow out and turn it over to someone who has the stomach for the fight.
Really, really good.That self-centered search for power has been and always will be the basis for evil. The lynch mob in your book used anger to exert power over two innocent women in order to feel power over illness and death. The young man in Tucson used anger and a gun to exert power over a congresswoman and the crowd listening to her in order to feel power over his own mental illness. The sheriff used anger and his words to exert power over talk radio, Sarah Palin and the Tea Party in order to feel power over his own failings in the event. The progressives use anger in any way they can because they want power over all of us in order to feel power over their own miserable lives. As it says in Ecclesiastes, "There is nothing new under the sun." What these people are too stupid to realize, though, is that God has the real power and the only power they have is that which He allows. God is our protector, not a bunch of freedom-crushing laws. The further this country moves away from acknowledging Him, the further into freedom restricting laws we sink.
As a side note, he did not buy the gun legally. He was unable to enter the military because they determined he was a druggie.Being a habitual drug user, he was a prohibited person. Lying about this on the 4473, the BATF form necessary to purchase a gun from a licensed dealer, is a federal felony.
"The Founding Fathers decided it was wiser to make sure that the good folk could freely have access to the means of self-protection, even if it meant that a few nut bars would slip through the cracks."But the Founding Fathers lived in a different world. Supposing they could have forseen that, several hundred years later 80 Americans would die from gun violence every day (Coalition to Stop Gun Violence): that the rate of firearm deaths among kids under age 15 would be almost 12 times higher in the United States than in 25 other industrialized countries combined; and that American kids are 16 times more likely to be murdered with a gun, 11 times more likely to commit suicide with a gun, and nine times more likely to die from a firearm accident than children in 25 other industrialized countries combined. (Centers for Disease Control).
The very fabric of our nation is fraying and this is a perfect example. When did holding people accountable to their actions fall by the wayside and spreading blame of particular ethnic or political groups become the norm? I sincerely hope all who frequent this blog will make the essential preparations to defend and care for their families. Dr, Savage in his assessment of the leftist mindset has been correct all along.Had Enuff
Superb article, Patrice, and wonderful comments which made all my points already, and then more!Here's a tidbit that will be of interest, I think:"People here [Tucson] own guns, lots of people – including Giffords, who owned the same model weapon used in her shooting."That is, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is not just gun owner, not just a hand gun owner, she owns the very same model weapon the killer used to shoot her. So, one wonders how the left will spin THAT. Then again, they won't have to spin it. It will simply be ignored.Note that this article is from the Sacramento Bee.Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/01/15/3325685/tucson-is-a-gun-toting-and-sophisticated.html#ixzz1BJUlWftzBill Smith
Quedula, the founding fathers would probably be more alarmed at the number of children killed accidentally in shootings because the perp was completely unable to hit what he/she aimed at. I would think that they would immediately require remedial firearm safety and marksmanship classes to be taught in schools since so many of the modern parents are completely remiss in this. The founding fathers would no doubt be more concerned about accidental drownings than by firearm discharge since it is several orders of magnitude higher. Guess swimming pool ownership should be banned because it is very dangerous. In their day, if children were going to drown, they had to fall in the well or a pond or a river. What about deaths by automobile accident? Traveling in an automobile is very dangerous, and people are more likely to meet their death by automobile than by firearm. Guess we should ban those for safety, too. I'm fairly sure that getting trampled by livestock was a fairly common cause of death for children back in the day, too, so maybe the founding fathers wouldn't be too concerned about the automobile accidents because they're probably safer than the horses and wagons they replaced.
In actuality, Jared Loughner obtained his gun illegally.He lied on ATF Form 4473, Question 11-E.Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any controlled substance?He checked no.He was described as a pothead by those who knew him and was rejected from the Army for an addiction to marijuana.
By the time this piece of human filth known as Jared Loughner is tried and receives his sentence, I hope Rep. Giffords is completely healed and able to pull the switch on him. That would surely be poetic justice. Anonymous PatriotUSA
Swampie, if child automobile deaths and swimming pool deaths were 12 times higher in the USA than in 25 other industrialised countries combined I would certainly suggest that you should be doing something about it. Don't forget adults have a vote and an element of choice, children don't. They have to live, or die, in the world provided for them.
What's wrong with this picture?Guns, the overwhelming majority of which are used responsibly by law-abiding citizens, are a problem, while tens of millions of babies killed by abortionists are ok....?A.McSp
"Tens of millions" A.McSp? Can you substantiate that?
A.McSp is absolutely correct. It seems that some people can't do their own research and instead ask for "substantiation." Hey, you have a computer, do your own research from now on. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_babies_have_been_aborted_in_America_since_Roe_v._WadeThis from a leftwing source. Any other questions? If so, do your own research; we aren't your servants. Anonymous PatriotUSA
Thank you kindly AP for the link. I was curious. A.McSp didn't give a time scale. Apart from that I don't see it makes a meaningful contribution to a discussion on gun death statistics.
This topic isn't about "a discussion on gun death statistics." You tried to turn it into that, but that wasn't what Patrice or anybody else here was discussing. Your reading comprehension needs some work.
Maybe, but at least gun deaths seemed somewhat more relevant than abortion rates.
You want to discuss relevency? Great! How is any of this relevent to Britain? Why don't you stick to British issues and we'll stick to American issues? You really are meddling in things that are NOYB. You enjoy being antagonistic, which appears to bother you not in the slightest. That's ALL relevent and yet you ignore it. My conclusion remains: you're sad and lonely and can't make friends so you work extra hard to make enemies. There's a psychological term for that - I think it's "BONKERS" (in your country). Cheers!
I think I must have won this argument :)))
Ahha, and so we learn more about your fragile ego and your psychological state of mind...YOU MUST "WIN". So sad and so far from reality. You don't win when you refuse to debate honestly. You don't win when you meddle in the business of others. You don't win when you try to change the subject. You don't win...you only tell yourself you do in order to feel good. You stroke your own ego as you claim you've won. Very sad, indeed.
Oh do lighten up Anonymous (2.41PM). Its only a blog.
Now that you have been found out, you want to dismiss the whole thing. How typical. I'll lighten up when you apologize.
I do apologize. I apologize for all the times on this blog that I've been rude, or less than polite, or used personal abuse as a substitute for argument.
You know what's worse than being a meddling progressive atheist egomaniac sadsack? Being boring! You are that in spades! No wonder nobody else responds to you, you're just too boring and predictable. Talk to yourself 'cause you aren't saying anything new here. Same old circular baloney.