To be clear, the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her staff was not senseless* nor unspeakable. We MUST speak about it. It was not meaningless. It was the act of yet another crazed and violent far right conservative – and targeted a conservative Democrat. That is the political atmosphere we live in, and if we are going to stop this violence we need to see it as it truly is – political violence aimed at repressing anyone to the left of Sarah Palin and Rand Paul.
The gunman has been identified as coward Jared Laughner. His youtube channel favorites one video: America: Your Last Memory in a Terrorist Country – in which a flag is burned to “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor”.
His potential Facebook page indicates an interest in Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. In addition to staff and the Congresswoman, he shot others who were at the scene, including a young child who died from the wounds.
UPDATE: The Facebook page appears to be a fake.
Via American Politics Journal, it looks like Gifford’s opponent Jesse Kelly held an event to learn to shoot a fully automatic M16 and Remove Gabrielle Giffords.
This is the face of the Tea Party and the Extreme Right Wing politics of the modern Republican Party. This is what we face as we approach 2012.
*When I say it was not senseless and unspeakable, I am referring to the reaction to the shooting from an out of touch political class:
The shooting prompted an outpouring of sympathy from politicians and people around the country. President Barack Obama called the shooting “an unspeakable tragedy” and that such “a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society.
“I am horrified by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and members of her staff,” newly elected House Speaker John Boehner said. “An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society. Our prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. This is a sad day for our country.”
Calling these attacks senseless implies they were random acts of violence, not the result of the right wing noise machine goading mentally unstable people into committing crimes.
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