Do Not Blame Talk Radio or Tea Party for Giffords Shooting

Monday, 10 Jan 2011 10:02 AM

By John LeBoutillier

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The left’s knee-jerk reaction, led by the outrageous statement by the sheriff of Pima County blaming Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' shooting on political dialogue, has been to contort the traditionally anti-big government philosophy of the talk-radio community and the tea party movement into being co-conspirators.

We didn’t hear the same left-wing nonsense when another mentally deranged nutcase — John Hinckley — tried to kill President Reagan.

Was that crime because of all the liberal, anti-Reagan demonstrations over the Reagan budget cuts and defense buildup?

No, of course not.

John Hinckley, like Jared Loughner, was sick. Period. His sickness was not anyone else’s fault. (Except perhaps triggered by the use of illegal drugs that can release/cause/contribute to a range of mental afflictions including paranoia, schizophrenia and anti-social disorders. But the left won’t want to talk about their glorification of pot, LSD, and other illegal drugs in movies and Hollywood etc.)

We cannot use logic, reason, and rational thinking to analyze the actions of one crazed, mentally unstable person.

The alleged Tucson killer was, by all reports, off his rocker for the past several years. Reading his posted MySpace comments shows a delusional, ill-educated, ignorant, sick man. Associates and college classmates now say they knew years ago he was crazy. But what does that have to do with talk radio? Or the tea party?

No, this is the left seizing this disaster to go after the right — the very week they saw their Pelosi-led control of the House and the congressional agenda switch to the GOP — including the talk radio community which is strongly against bigger government and gun control.

Shame on them!

No one in the tea party movement or on talk radio advocates violence. Instead, they are leading the difficult campaign to shrink government. Period.

The so-called mainstream media who participate in this blame-the-right campaign are a disgrace. But those who present all sides fairly are to be congratulated.

Let us pray for the congresswoman and her family and for the other wounded survivors and the families of the other deceased victims. And let us pray for our country to see this for what it was: the actions of one crazed mentally-ill young man.

Period.

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