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.
The number of immigration and drug cases along the U.S.-Mexico border has reached such a serious level that the need for federal judges in Texas and other border states is desperate. On Jan. 17, the Houston Chronicle reported that federal officials are now calling it a judicial emergency.
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.