No sooner had news vans arrived to broadcast from Tucson than the lobbyists and legislators began the shameful molding of this massacre into a pawn in their partisan chess match. The chorus sang in unison of the need to confiscate guns and clips so that scenes as heartbreaking as this never need be witnessed again. Guns, they cried, are the cause of this mayhem and the eradication of them will prevent future recurrences.
To be frank, any exposition upon Arizona murderer Jared Lee Loughner’s life must start with a certain acknowledgment: He is not a sane man. I don’t mean this figuratively in the way public officials might use metaphor, such as when Barack Obama spoke of bringing a gun to a fight with Republicans (language against which his party now rails). No, if Loughner is not authentically insane, it’s hard to imagine who is.
It is apparent that the Eastern media elites will only pay attention to matters “out West” in so far as the development serve their own premasticated political agenda. Consider, if you will, the tales of three sheriffs in the state of Arizona.
In the wake of the Tucson shootings, conservative pundit and Fox News television host Glenn Beck called upon all Americans to reject violence. Beck also reached out to members of Congress to sign a pledge repudiating all violence. The pledge listed examples of the type of violence that should be denounced, ranging from far right-wing militias to leftist Frances Fox Piven’s calls for violent revolution. Sadly, a mere 14 lawmakers signed on to the pledge. What’s worse than such a pitiful display of anti-violent solidarity, however, is that the mainstream media has latched onto Beck’s targeting of Frances Fox Piven and is now perpetrating a battle between Beck and Piven.
Authorities agree that a recent wave of police shootings is likely not a coincidence, as 11 police officers have been shot in just 24 hours. Richard Roberts, a spokesman for the International Union of Police Associations, said, “It’s not a fluke. There’s a perception among officers in the field that there’s a war on cops going on.”