By now most people have heard that a crazy lunatic, Jared Loughner, showed up at an event being hosted by Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and not only shot her in the head, but killed 6 and wounded others. People who knew the guy describe him as being mentally disturbed. He’d been kicked out of school due to his behavior. As far back as 2007, a person in a class he was taking described him as being a “left-wing pothead.” Another said he was the type of person one would see on TV who shot up a classroom at school. In general, he is a guy whose brain is not firing on all cylinders.
Evidently, that doesn’t matter to supporters of the left anxious to find an explanation. Who is to blame for all of this? Why, Sarah Palin, of course!
Palin posted on her facebook page a number of congressional districts that were to be targeted by Republicans, and they were put in crosshairs. In spite of no evidence that the shooter had even seen this, left-leaning bloggers and journalists immediately blamed Palin and her webpage (along with the harsh level of political rhetoric flying around these days) for the shooter’s behavior. Logic would say that this is a reach. But who says folks are logical?
The behavior is totally opposite to the call for calm that came after the Fort Hood shooting in 2009:
On November 5, 2009, Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at a troop readiness center in Ft. Hood, Texas, killing 13 people. Within hours of the killings, the world knew that Hasan reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar!” before he began shooting, visited websites associated with Islamist violence, wrote Internet postings justifying Muslim suicide bombings, considered U.S. forces his enemy, opposed American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as wars on Islam, and told a neighbor shortly before the shootings that he was going “to do good work for God.” There was ample evidence, in other words, that the Ft. Hood attack was an act of Islamist violence.
Nevertheless, public officials, journalists, and commentators were quick to caution that the public should not “jump to conclusions” about Hasan’s motive. CNN, in particular, became a forum for repeated warnings that the subject should be discussed with particular care.
“The important thing is for everyone not to jump to conclusions,” said retired Gen. Wesley Clark on CNN the night of the shootings.
“We cannot jump to conclusions,” said CNN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell that same evening. “We have to make sure that we do not jump to any conclusions whatsoever.”
So, let’s get this straight. A person that can be tied to those we all consider terrorists goes and shoots up a base, and people are saying “let’s not jump to conclusions.” A person with no obvious ties goes and shoots a Democrat member of Congress, and we get “it’s Palin’s fault.” Yes, that makes a whole lot of sense to me.