As if we needed more reminders of how crazy this world really is, on Saturday Afternoon we got a big reminder when 22-year old psychopath Jared Lee Loughner attempted to assasinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at a public meeting she held with her constituents at a strip mall in Tuscon.
Not only was Giffords shot in the head (and is still in critical condition as of this post) but he also was able to kill US District Court in Arizona's Chief Justice John Roll; Gabriel Zimmerman, who was a staffer of Giffords; three elderly victims (including Dorwan Stoddard, a 76-year-old man who was shot in the head while covering his wife during the shooting) and a nine-year old girl. Fourteen others were wounded.
Loughner was a disturbed young man, which is why I went out of my way to call him a "22-year-old psychopath" instead of just saying he was 22-years old. There's no other way around it, he was mentally disturbed. I'm sorry but anyone who's willing to just shoot into a group of people and has had a history of mental issues prior to that (and serious ones at that, he was even kicked out of Pima Community College due to his disruptive behavior) is someone who's mentally disturbed. No need to sugar coat it, it is what it is.
But of course, we can't just say that someone is completely fucked in the head and leave it at that, we have to say that something "triggered" his behavior. Thank God for the media, namely the New York Times. For if it wasn't for them, we'd just think he's nuts, but apparently, he's nuts because he's a Republican!
Sure, let's ignore the facts, like for one his favorite book is The Communist Manifesto. Yes, because nothing says right-winger like Communist Manifesto.
(And yes, I know not all Commies are loons, but remember I'm Cuban, so by law I'm required to think that Communists and Socialists are the scum of the earth.)
Instead, let's blame Sarah Palin for this. Look, I can't stand her either. I have a lot of not so nice things to say about the "Maverick" however I even know that the "crosshairs" over the districts that she put up were figurative. This guy, someone who claims to be upset that people are not literate, apparently didn't realize that. Nor did the press, who seems to be making it out to seem like this is the Republicans fault.
Can't we just say that this guy is a loon? It really just begins and ends there. It sells newspapers (they still exist in case you forgot) and brings up the ratings on the cable news channels, but by attaching this with politics when it was simply the case of a nutjob going apeshit, it only divides this great nation further away.
Jared Lee Loughner (figures his middle name is Lee by the way) should just be found insane and locked away, no need to ask what "triggered" his attack, because somewhere down the line, something would've.
R.I.P. to all of the victims of this heinous attack, and may Rep. Giffords fight through this and have a safe and speedy recovery.