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Like everyone else in America these days I have been following the news out of Tucson, Arizona.  Somehow tragedy seems to get us all glued to our favorite news sources whether they are on television, the radio, or online.  I, as I would suspect most, am mourning the dead, praying for the wounded, and admiring the actions of the brave souls who stopped this maniac from causing more damage.

I am also regarding with disgust the ridiculous politicization of the circumstances.

It is amazing to me how quickly some have jumped to blame anyone for this tragedy besides the mentally unbalanced young man who walked into that crowd and opened fire.  I certainly understand the human need to have someone to blame when something like this happens, but I certainly don’t understand why so many felt the need to condemn certain figures and political persuasions as the root cause, especially so quickly after the incident when we barely had the name of the shooter available much less his motives.

The truth is that the only one who truly knows why he did what he did is the man who carried that gun into that situation.  And, given the information that has been coming out regarding his mental issues I’m not sure he even completely understands his reasoning.  But, despite that fact pundits and talking heads all over the continuum that is the 24-hour news cycle are quick to invoke names like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh as guilty.

I don’t care what your politics are.  We can agree or disagree on anything from healthcare to what color the latest tax forms should be.  But, I think that any reasonable person needs to step back from this and realize that to blame the rhetoric is to absolve the shooter of his guilt.  He made the choice to pick up a gun and go to that event.  He made the choice to open fire and kill or wound all of those people, including a nine-year old girl.

He is ultimately responsible.

Is there a problem with venom, vitriol, and hate in the political discourse of the day?  One could certainly make that argument.  But, for any individual to point fingers at the other side and yell “J’accuse” as if their hands are clean is the very definition of hypocrisy.  There is venom, vitriol, and hate on both sides of the aisle, whether some want to admit it or not.

This is a case of a disturbed person.  This is a tale of a man who committed a heinous act.  He didn’t do it for any viable political agenda.  According to reports his politics were as much left as they were right.  This was a man whose mind was broken and a broken mind cannot be blamed on any talking head, pundit, or politician.

Stop making this about the politics.  Start making it about the victims and the man who victimized them.


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