As the new Congress begins, as Americans hope for new passion from legislators who until now seemingly moved only by partisan and personal interests, a terrible shooting has taken place. The world was shocked as the trusting and sweet Congresswoman from Arizona, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot by a young would-be assassin.
While meeting with her constituents in a “Congress on Your Corner” gathering, the lawmaker was shot at point-blank range. The crowd, many of them seniors, some only shoppers, rushed forward to bring the young attacker, now known to be Jared Lee Loughner, to the ground, to hold him for the arrival of police. The toll of those killed in what may have been a senseless, irrational shooting is at six, with many more injured.
The man arrested as the shooter was an avid user of YouTube and Facebook. Jared Lee Loughner reveals himself in a series of YouTube postings as a man seemingly very disturbed, and obsessed with living in a world of dreaming and mind-control. His YouTube posts tell the chilling story of an individual caught up in thoughts of life within an unreal dream state. He writes: “All humans are in need of sleep. Jared Loughner is a human. Hence, Jared Loughner is in need of sleep.” He continues: “Sleepwalking. If I define sleepwalking then sleepwalking is the act or state of walking, eating or performing other motor acts while asleep, of which one is unaware upon awakening. I define sleepwalking. I’m a sleepwalker – who turns off the alarm clock.” “All conscience dreaming at this moment is asleep. Jared Loughner is conscience dreaming at this moment. Thus, Jared Loughner is asleep.”
Much of what Loughner has written for YouTube appears to be the incoherent ramblings of one who indeed is asleep. He writes: “Conscience dreaming: If B.C.E. [ probably, Before Common Era] years are unable to start then A.D.E. [probably, Anno Domini Era] years are unable to begin. If A.D.E. is endless in year then the years in A.D.E. don’t cease. A.D.E. is endless in year. Therefore, the years in A.D.E. don’t cease. If I teach a mentally capable 8 year old for 20 consecutive minutes to replace an alphabet letter with a new letter and pronunciation then the mentally capable 8 year old writes and pronounces the new letter and pronunciation that’s replacing an alphabet letter in 20 consecutive minutes.”
“Every human who’s mentally capable is always able to be treasurer of their new currency. If you create one new currency then you’re able to create a second new currency. If you’re able to create second new currency then you’re able to create third new currency. Thus, you’re able to create a third currency.”
“You’re a treasure for a new currency, listener? You create and distribute your new currency, listener? You don’t allow the government to control your grammar structure, listener?”
“If you create one new language then you’re able to create a second new language. If you’re able to create second new language then you’re able to create third new language. Thus, you’re able to create a third new language.”
Loughner is known to have been rejected by the U.S. Army. He writes of terrorism. “Terrorist. If I define terrorist than a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism especially as a political weapon. If you call me terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem [an attempt to link the validity of a premise to a characteristic or belief of the person advocating the premise]. You call me a terrorist. Thus the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.”
Still over lingering “trance music” Loughner later writes: “In conclusion, reading the second United States Constitution I can’t trust the current government because of the ratifications: The government is impolying [sp] mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar. No! I won’t pay debt with a currency that’s not backed up by gold and silver. No! I won’t trust in God. What’s government if words don’t have meaning?”
On Sunday, Fox News quoted a Department of Homeland Security memo that states Mr. Loughner is possibly linked to a group called “American Renaissance” which promotes views that are anti-government, anti-immigration, and anti-Semitic. Congresswoman Giffords and her aide who was killed, Mr. Zimmerman, are Jewish. Congresswoman Giffords considers herself a part of Reform Judaism which maintains that Jewish traditions should be modernized and made compatible with practices in the surrounding culture.
Jared Loughner left a note in an envelope in a safe in his home with the word “Giffords” inscribed on the front. The content said “I planned ahead.” The designation was “My assassination.” Along with the envelope, investigators found a 2007 form letter from Congresswoman Gifford’s office thanking Loughner for attending an earlier “Congress On Your Corner”; they mention that his name on that form letter was misspelled “Loughney.”
Loughner lists his favorite books as Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Communist Manifesto, and Mein Kampf. His profile says he has attended Pima Community College.
Giffords was shot through the forehead at point-blank range. She was taken to the University Medical Center in Tucson. She has been somewhat responsive, and is on a ventilator, in a medically induced coma which allows her brain to rest.