The tragedy in Arizona, where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot and seriously wounded by an incoherent maniac has caused many leftist heads to explode in absolute, unadulterated idiocy.
First of all, congrats on once again trying to politicize a tragedy. It warms my heart to know that suffering and dying by humans brings out the worst in many on the left and that common decency doesn’t matter half as much as trying to score partisan political points using the most incredibly stupid line of attack available.
While we’re at it, I would say to my friends on the right that it is equally nauseating to try and turn the tables and place responsibility for this crime on the left. The reasons both sides are so monumentally wrong is simple; the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, wasn’t just nuttier than a fruitcake; he was so sick that he was oblivious to the world around him. He was caught up in an alternate universe to the point that trying to say that something from our reality set him off is laughable.
For instance, one of the usual suspects of leftist who make hay out of suffering and tragedy, Jane Hamsher, tries to pin the blame on the congresswoman’s opponent:
Per Puppethead in the comments, Giffords’ 2010 Congressional opponent Jesse Kelly held a June 12 gun event that was billed as follows on the Pima County Republican website:
Get on Target for Victory in November Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office Shot a fully automatic M15 with Jesse Kelly
The old Sarah Palin bullseye map of targeted Democrats is pulled out also. Curious the the exact same concept - a bullseye map of GOP targets highlighted by the DNC - seems to have been misplaced by Hamsher. No matter. The silliness - one might say the loony tunes attempt to connect a campaign event that involved taking some shots at a plain old target with the GOP candidate many months ago with today’s tragedy bespeaks a mind devoid of reason and logic. Sorry, not this time.
Mr. Lougner’s incoherent rambling in a YouTube posting entitled “My Final Thoughts” should close the case as to whether anything anyone has ever said anywhere at any time had anything to do with motivating him to go postal. Doug Ross has screen shots of the video if you’re interested in reading the missive of a stone cold maniac with absolute zero connection to reality.
Here’s the bottom line. It is the height of idiocy to posit that the motivations of humans who commit such heinous acts are as simple as many on the left make them out to be. The mind is a terribly complex organ and to try and make the gobsmackingly stupid direct connection between something anyone says or does, and the act of violence itself is giggle-worthy. This is especially true in broken and smashed minds like Mr. Loughner.
Trying to draw a line from something Hannity or Palin, or any other conservative says and a light going off in Loughner’s head demonstrates a cluelessness that proves partisan intent rather than any profound psychological truth. It also shows a laughable ignorance of how the mind works - even among those with a healthy psyche. The armchair psychologists on the left who continue to ascribe logical connections to an illogical mind can’t really be serious, can they? They have to know that it is more than likely that a voice in Loughner’s head told him to kill the congresswoman for reasons having nothing to do with politics.
We go through this exercise every time there’s violence like this. One side or the other tries to make political hay out of tragedy with no more knowledge of what drove the perpetrator to violence than my pet cat Aramas.
And at least Ari has the good sense to keep his mouth shut even if he does have a half assed theory about what caused a murderer to snap and let slip his inner demons to wreak havoc on our reality.