The Ever Changing Meme On The Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Shooting

In the never ending din of new coverage about the shootings in Tuscon yesterday, the punditry and politicians are revealing themselves to be the true villains.

First, and most reflexively, blame was laid at the feet of the Tea Party and Sarah Palin. Shitheel Markos Moulitsas, among others leading that charge are shown to have engaged in the same sort of “dangerous rehtoric” as politicians on the right have in “targeting” an official to be voted out of office.

In fact even President Obama has a dog in that “fight,” as you’ve surely not forgotten this (via HillBuz):

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Since that wasn’t taking hold, the left-leaning media has seized upon the “vitriol,” as espoused on talk radio and certain TV channels (i.e., Fox News) as the root cause of this unexplained violence. Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik started his press conference detailing the shootings by laying the blame (just hours after the shooting and while they were still looking for a second suspect) at those same media outlets for inciting this violence. Of course he offered no proof, just his own personal conjecture, but the meme seems to be taking hold, for now.

Of course the problem with the meme is that the shooter is apparently defies such simplistic, off the cuff classifications. 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner is apparently a very disturbed young man. He has no known affiliation to the Tea Party, or Giffords’ opponent in November’s election, and the only known political leanings for the alleged gunman are extreme left-wing.

No one knows what drove him (and his alleged accomplice) to such a horrific act, but if history is any guide you can be pretty sure that memes that get tossed around in the initial aftermath of a tragedy are wrong. The alleged gunman was known to police, and he may have had previous contact with the Congresswoman. I’m most inclined to believe that in this case the old adage, “all politics are local” applies to political violence as well…

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  • gnossoss papadopolis

    Thoust protest too much…..

  • gnossoss papadopolis

    Kevin…Dude I’d love to play poker with you. Your denial and rationalization is so acute you are bending the bullish continuum.

  • Steve Crickmore

    The suspected shooter has made death threats before and been contacted by law-enforcement officers, but the threats weren’t against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Dupnik said. The suspect is unstable, Dupnik said, but the sheriff would not say he is “insane.”

    A former classmate of Loughner at Pima Community College said he was “obviously very disturbed.”

    I think the meme with more legs, will be that with his profile and record, he is able to legally purchase a semi-automatic Glock and the ammunition for it, with as little checking, as you would need to borrow a book from a library. Evidently in Arizona, the second amendment trumps a citizen’s right to security from death threats of someone disturbed, armed and dangerous. With the hundreds of billions of dollars, and enormous manpower spent on security this seems ludicrous.

  • Tyler

    We also know that he considered abortion to be terrorism, had an Ayn Rand novel as one of the his favorite books, though currency should be backed by gold and was vigilantly anti-government

    That doesn’t sound like “extreme left-wing” to me. You’re doing the same exact thing of the people you’re demonizing. It’s not a left vs. right issue. It’s a sane vs. insane issue. He was potentially schizophrenic. He thought the government was controlling people by lowering the literacy rate. Stop making this political.

  • Tyler

    You also spelt her name incorrectly.

  • Brett

    I think the meme with more legs, will be that with his profile and record, he is able to legally purchase a semi-automatic Glock and the ammunition for it, with as little checking, as you would need to borrow a book from a library. Evidently in Arizona, the second amendment trumps a citizen’s right to security from death threats of someone disturbed, armed and dangerous. With the hundreds of billions of dollars, and enormous manpower spent on security this seems ludicrous.

    Well then, I will put you down for one vote AGAINST following the Constitution. Guess you don’t get to run for congress!

    And of course, imbecile, had even 25% of the people at the event been carrying 45 automatics, there would very likely be quite a few of the right people still alive, and one very deserving individual dead.

  • Steve Crickmore

    That’s right every nut in America or at least Arizona has the right to carry a loaded pistol, even after he has uttered death threats, while he doesn’t have the right to be treated by a medical doctor or psychiatrist for his illness, until he kills someone and is thrown in jail. Great system and don’t let anyone take it away or arm everyone.

  • sierragoldrush

    Dawkins would be proud of your liberal use of his coining….dimwit.

  • BlueNight

    If the judge had been appointed by President Clinton or President Obama, and the congresscritter was Republican, it wouldn’t be the Rep Gifford Wounding, it would be the Judge Roll Slaying At The Gifford Townhall Meeting.

  • fderfler

    There are those who argue that the left-wing Daily KOS is culpable: http://hillbuzz.org/2011/01/08/my-congresswoman-voted-against-nancy-pelosi-and-is-now-dead-to-me-eerie-daily-kos-hit-piece-on-gabrielle-giffords-just-two-days-before-assassination-attempt-on-her/

    To me, the scariest character of all is the Sheriff who threw fuel on the fire of speculation and blame. No professionalism there!

  • wcgreen

    Had the community college Loughner attended had him arrested rather than escorted from campus during any of his disruptions, Loughner would not have been able to legally buy a weapon. In the name of “not wanted to make a fuss,” they blew five chances to stop him

  • Matt

    It is interesting to note that of the last several mass shootings, the perp was a college student that had demonstrated their craziness at college and the colleges faild to do more than admonish.

    Federal and state law requires a person to be over 21 to purchase a handgun. It also requires an individual to self-incriminate on a lengthy form that asks about drug abuse, felonies etc. A dealer also has to run the person through a federal database that will then provide a green light for purchase.

    If this creature had not used a gun, he could of used a bomb-belt or car-bobm to much more horrific effect with likely many, many more casulties.

    The real tragedy is that he could of been identified and treated if someone “in-charge” had decided to become involved.

  • Karen

    The odd thing is that famed atheist blogger, PZ Myers, instantly put up a post about this on his blog Pharyngula last night blaming Sarah Palin for inciting this ‘deranged asshole’.

    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/01/we_have_our_own_barbarian_subc.php#comments

    Seems that was before he learnt that the murderer was an atheist.

    Now he’s gone all quiet on the matter and switched the subject to beer.

    Loyal to form, his devoted fan club commenters have been very charitable and not one of them has since mentioned the “A” word.

  • Don L

    We know one thing; “a crisis (shooting) is too good to waste.”

    Rest assured, the political process of the left: deceit, disingenousness, rabble rousing, deflection of fact, and the pumping of emotions, in place of rational discourse, will be the order of the day.

    By the way, I noticed that a Drudge liked article referenced the “gun” as being the killer. Noo surprise here.

  • Don L

    That should be drudge “linked” – not “liked”

  • WildWillie

    This guy is a nutty fruitcake as was the DC Snipers, the Unibomber, Bill Ayers, McVeigh, Debold, etc. With a sick mind there is no “affiliation” with anything but their perceived delusions.

    Anyone, including the Sheriff, who politicizes this is the absolute worse scum there is. The Sheriff should be reprimanded for his unneeded outburst. He should lead by example. ww

  • JB

    If you’re going to quote the word, shouldn’t you at least take the time to spell it correctly? It’s VITRIOL

  • Justrand

    A Deomcrat was shot…therefore the Left/Democrats/media (and one insane Arizona Sheriff) all immediately blame anyone who ever opposed ANY Democrat ANYWHERE.

    The Tea Party would have wound being the “target” of this witchhunt anyway, but since Gifford’s opponent in November was supported by the Tea Party they get the most immediate blame.

    Pathetic

  • Taimur Jafer

    Well as one human being to another its really sad what has happened. But looking at it through the policies of US which has only dictated wars and killings resulting in innocent lives lost at home (troops) and foreign civilians and the support for Jewish government on occupied land that kills the innocent I say one less jew in the world.
    Also the media should identify Jarred as a Christian terriorist, why limit it to Muslims around the world only? What should be Palin identified as (Christian sore lozer)… hee hee

  • RN

    Kevin, you are true shit.

    May you be flattened by a truck.

  • jim m

    The comments from those who knew him in school was that his politics were far left wing. I know that such a fact is very difficult for the lefties here to deal with because they “Know” that this was politically motivated.

    Bourgeois truth concerns itself with facts. Revolutionary truth concerns itself with things that can advance the hard left agenda. That Jared Loughner is a conservative devotee of Sarah Palin is a matter of truth to the left that defies all evidence to the contrary because evidence is just facts and facts are merely bourgeois truth.

  • jim m

    The reality is that this kid’s politics might have been far left as his classmates have attested to. But so what? Anyone with two functioning brain cells can see that this was the product of a deranged mind and not politically motivated in the least.

    The only thing that is politically motivated are the rantings of the left who decided before anything was known about the shooter that he must have been influenced by Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin.

    Once again they are not concerned with 6 innocent people killed by a nutjob, they are concerned with using the tragic events to advance their agenda. This is not a tragedy to the left this is an opportunity not to be wasted. I don’t detect anything from the left but ill suppressed glee that they have a talking point to advance their cause.

  • GarandFan

    “I think the meme with more legs, will be that with his profile and record, he is able to legally purchase a semi-automatic Glock and the ammunition for it….”

    Seems this guy had less of a “record” than that POS, Cho, in Virginia. So what’s your point? And has it been established that this guy OWNED the weapon?

    “Kevin, you are true shit.
    May you be flattened by a truck.”

    20. Posted by RN

    Real intelligent comment there RN. You think that one up all by yourself? What? You don’t like your Obamassiah’s short comings pointed out? Hell there’s a lot more vitriol out there on the left – ever listen to Keefums rants? How about Fat Eddy Shultz? Let’s face it, asshole; the left wants to start pointing fingers; they’d better 1st clean up their own act.

  • jim m

    “Kevin, you are true shit.
    May you be flattened by a truck.”

    20. Posted by RN

    Just another lefty showing exactly what they think about violent rhetoric. It’s OK when they use it but if anyone else says anything remotely aggressive it is cause for imprisonment without trial or summary execution.

    Just don’t call them violent. They’re allergic to facts.

  • TN

    That is so funny that conservatives and the tea party are so oblivious to the fact that we are actually admitting that there is some hateful things said moron. i mean the tea party holding up signs saying i killed grandma or he is trying to take over our government please stop trying to protect your selves you contradicted yourselves you can thank fox news and all those they what oh sponsor on their show so before you conservatives and tea beggars start tryting to attack others for saying its your fault look at the facts

  • Iota

    That is so funny that conservatives and the tea party are so oblivious to the fact that we are actually admitting that there is some hateful things said moron. i mean the tea party holding up signs saying i killed grandma or he is trying to take over our government please stop trying to protect your selves you contradicted yourselves you can thank fox news and all those they what oh sponsor on their show so before you conservatives and tea beggars start trying to attack others for saying its your fault look at the facts

  • GarandFan

    Comments 25/26.

    Can you settle on just one name?

    At the same time, can you write something even remotely coherent?

  • epador

    Wow, time to play wack a troll, methinks.

  • astigafa

    Yeah, Kevin, you people were on this bright and early, doing your best to deflect any criticism from the anti government/pro gun right wing, and now that you’ve established that you’re all innocent, anything that follows is proof of your critics’ falseness. You continue to twist and lie and demonize the left and YOU, my friend, are responsible for this shooting, you and Sharon Angle and her 2nd Amendment remedies — did you denounce her? No. YOU are responsible. You created this space, this cover for nuts to kill in, and kill they will.

  • GarandFan

    astigafa – would have gotten back to you sooner, but was doing a search of past posts, looking to see YOUR comments on Hollywood doing a movie about the assassination of a currently sitting president; looking to see your comments on past rantings of Olbermann and Shultz; looking for your past comments about Barry’s ‘bring a gun’, ‘know your enemies’, and ‘get in their faces’.

    YOU were, shall we say, SILENT.

    Mighty selective, aren’t you. ASSHOLE! Still want to play the blame game?

  • http://wizbangblog.com Jay Tea

    Good lord, I’d let myself forget that asti even existed.

    Wish I could still say that.

    Didn’t you get banned? Or just quietly disappear after the umpteenth smacking around?

    Nah, don’t answer. Don’t care.

    J.

  • jim m

    astigafa,

    If you go back and follow the threads on this subject through you will see that the main theme initially was to not pass a judgment on what the motivation was of the person who did this. But once it was discovered who he was we did and do denounce the leftists who, like yourself, continue to blame people who have no connection or responsibility for the event.

    As Glenn Reynolds posted this morning either you are perpetrating a vicious lie by saying that it was politically motivated, or you really believe that it was politically motivated, in which case you are a contemptible fool.

  • Alan

    You have conveniently left out that the primary cause of the gunman was a gold-based currency, a cause currently championed by the right and the Tea Party. Also, it’s “vitriol.”

  • GarandFan

    “You have conveniently left out that the primary cause of the gunman was a gold-based currency, a cause currently championed by the right….”

    Championed by the right? Excuse me, but I don’t recall a large clamor in the press about a new gold standard – as much as I hear about a government just printing money – as Mugabe does in Zimbabwe.

  • howcome

    Alan,

    Does Palin talk about gold currencies? I thought she was responsible. If that was his main cause, as you say, why did he go on a shooting spree? What possible link is there between gold currency and the shooting spree. His own friends say he was a leftist, but never mind that, he was for a gold currency.

  • SCSIwuzzy

    Reading the regular righty/consv/libertarian commenters today, the one regular lefty and the random trolls mobilized by Kos/Soros/DU/voices-in-heads, I am again struck at the lack of an irony or hypocrisy sensor the trolls display.
    the hateful language and talk of wishing violence upon people is coming from whom?
    LOL

  • J.M. Lowden

    Dang, #19, where should I start? Anti-semitic much? What a hateful, crass thing to say. The reason no one has identified JARED (not “Jarred”) as a Christian terrorist is that he’s not a Christian. He’s an atheist. And the reason middle-eastern terrorists get identified as Muslim terrorists is because they say things like “I am doing this in the name of Allah.”

    Tell ya what….If we ever run across a middle-eastern terrorist who is not spouting off about his religion, we won’t label him as a “Muslim terrorist,” OK? Meanwhile, if someone insists on labeling himself as a Muslim and then proceeds to commit terrorism, I feel pretty justified in calling him a “Muslim terrorist.”

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