Six people including a judge and a nine-year-old girl were killed Saturday at a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona after a 22-year-old tried to assassinate Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-D.)
Psychologists later said that the man was probably a paranoid schizophrenic. He was clearly troubled and got kicked out of his local college. Fellow students called him “creepy.” For fun, the 22-year-old, Jared Loughner, read the Communist Manifesto. In addition, according to people that knew Loughner, he was not a Republican and tended to lean left in the political scene.
Doctors say that Giffords will make a full recovery. Her doctor said there is a 101% chance of survival. As of yesterday, it is unclear if she will make a full recovery (regain speech, etc.), but she will survive.
What happened Saturday was indeed a tragedy. No one deserves to die like that especially the nine-year-old girl, who had just gotten elected to her own student council and went to see Giffords to learn more about politics. Absolutely heartbreaking.
People are looking for answers about why Jared Loughner would do this. At his home, police found a note that Jared wrote that stated that Jared had planned the attack out ahead of time, so it wasn’t random. Some say that Loughner had planned the attack in 2007, when Loughner went to one of Giffords’ rallies. People are now blaming Sarah Palin for the tragedy.
I am not a fan of Sarah Palin. Although I do consider myself a Republican, I dislike Sarah Palin immensely. I don’t think she’s very smart and I definitely hope she’s not the future of the Republican party. However, she does not deserve to be blamed for the tragedy. If you want to blame someone, blame Jared Loughner. You know, the guy who actually shot all of those people.
In March, Sarah Palin released a chart with cross hairs on it targeting Democrats who shouldn’t be reelected. Giffords, who was considered a blue dog democrat, was one of the ones listed. Oddly enough, the Democrats had a similar target chart released before the 2004 election.
People say Palin’s chart caused Loughner to want to assassinate Giffords. It’s a bit (and when I say a bit, I mean really) a stretch. Loughner wasn’t even a Republican. Americans just want answers for why Loughner would kill all of those people (and I understand that) and Sarah Palin is an easy target (for a lack of better words). However, blaming Palin is not the answer.
“My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today’s tragic shooting in Arizona,” Sarah Palin said, “On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice.”
But critics were not satisfied with that.
“What a hypocrite you are,” Kathy Henn said, “You targeted this woman – literally with a target on her district – one of your freaky Fox followers hunted her down – and now you try to distance yourself from blame.”
It’s not proven that Loughner had seen the chart and if he had, he wasn’t even a Republican, so why would he listen to it?
It gets worse. People on Twitter started threatening Palin’s life.
“My hatred for Sarah Palin continues to grow… I think this woman should be assassinated. Sorry about chya,” Jenbobbi, a twitter user, said.
“Sarah Palin should be shot for her encouragement of fanaticism against Democrats,” Misskate83, another twitter user, said.
Some twitter users say their posts were taken out of context.
These people have gone too far. In fact, they are worse than Palin, because they are threatening Palin’s life. Sarah Palin never meant to imply Giffords should get shot, but these radical, angry Americans implied that Palin should get shot, which makes them 100x worse.
What happened was a complete tragedy, but blaming Sarah Palin is not the answer.