Once again, Jay beat me to it.
Eric Fuller, one of the victims of the Arizona shootings, was arrested for threats against an audience member during a special taping for ABC. (Read Jay’s piece here for the specifics.)
I disagree with Jay on a couple of points.
Fuller may be “lively and energetic” so soon after the shooting, and that usually would be commendable, but, instead of using this good health to threaten someone else, maybe he could show a shred of sympathy and concern for the other victims and their families. Wasting that energy threatening someone you don’t agree with, yelling “You’re all whores!” at a bunch of people at a townhall is just disturbing.
Another is the idea that since he was a victim of such a terrible act, he’s afforded a bit of leeway at first for his “one free bite at the apple.”
This may be reasonable, but, this was not his first tirade since the shooting.
Friday, a day before the ABC taping, Mr. Fuller went on the far-left radical station “Democracy Now,” giving an account of what happened through his eyes. Here, he is explaining what he was thinking the day of the shootings while at the hospital:
(Note: I tried to embed the video from both Democracy Now! and YouTube, but it won’t let me. Here is the link to the video. Kevin or Jay: If you would, feel free to imbed either one.)
“And I didn’t know how to calm myself down, so I wrote down the Declaration of Independence, which I memorized some time ago. And that did help to organize my thoughts. And the first thing that I wrote down and what my reaction was to it was: “How many other people? How many other demented people are out there? It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the rest got their first target. Their wish for Second Amendment activism has been fulfilled–senseless hatred leading to murder, lunatic fringe anarchism, subscribed to by John Boehner, mainstream rebels with vengeance for all, even nine-year-old girls.”
These were his first organized thoughts? Calling people he doesn’t know demented, blaming them for his attacker’s actions?
Hasn’t this guy ever heard of “priorities?”
You’d think he’d be thanking God (or his “lucky stars,” or whatever) that he wasn’t killed. I’d be thinking of my family, and how closely I came to never seeing them again. Or I’d at least be thinking about my health.
Not once in his interview did he offer any concern for the other victims.
Did this guy, or any of the victims (some who are alot worse off the he) deserve to get shot? Of course not. Regardless of his political leanings or any other aspect of his life, I have sympathy for him. Nothing can justify what happened.
But being a victim does not make you beyond reproach, and if you put yourself out there and offer up such inflammatory opinion, well, all pretense goes out the window, so expect it to be talked about and disagreed with.
According to Tucson radio station KGUN (Yes, KGUN), Fuller is a self described “political circulator”:
Fuller, age 63, is a political operative who specializes in gathering petitions for ballot initiatives. Before the program began, he passed out business cards to people sitting around him that read:
“Expediting Initiatives since 2006
“J. Eric Fuller
Passing out “business cards” to people gathered for the purpose of discussing a tragedy?
It is obvious this guy is a hyper-partisan leftist.
Mr. Fuller may be a victim, but it doesn’t make his own words or actions since any less hateful or bizarre then they are.
I hope he gets help for the obvious mental health issues he has, whether born of this tragedy or not.
He’s been given a second chance at life. Starting it off with his own brand of hate-filled rhetoric is pretty sad.
Try to retain some dignity.