By now, pretty much everyone knows about the horrendous shootings in Arizona – made even more high-profile because a political figure was at the center of it.
Early indications are that the perpetrator in custody is an unhinged person whose mind and motivations may never be understandable to the rest of us. It’s one thing when a clear-thinking and plain-speaking individual states why they’re doing something. But the bizarre ramblings of this young man brought forth thus far don’t give us any kind of clear understanding of a coherent agenda.
“It’s Sarah Palin’s fault!” “He read the Communist Manifesto!” “Society is guilty of executing those it disagrees with!” “The NRA is responsible for that gun!” “It’s Beck’s responsibility”…”Olbermann’s fault”…”Tea Party hate-mongering”…”Obama made him do it!”
To which I have just two words: SHUT UP!
For crying out loud, there’s an investigation that has to happen. There may be a nutcase involved. And what are we thinking, trying to hijack this tragedy to advance some pre-packaged political/social/personal agenda?
This is a time for mourning and reflection, not partisan screeching. Let’s grow up, people. Are we behaving any differently than the person who pulls a gun and tries to hijack an airplane to some pre-determined destination? What right do we have, based on a few early shreds of incomplete information, to try to use this awful occurrence to score political points and move the ball downfield in our chosen direction? Do we not thus cheapen the very values we stand for as a nation?
I would ask nicely under normal circumstances, but really. Just shut up!
Update: The blame frenzy in the media.