Sunday, January 9, 2011

Tucson shooting exactly what we're been warning

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is fighting for her life after an assassination attempt in Tucson Saturday.

The Rim Country Gazette Blog, mostly through the writings of Noble Collins and myself, has been saying it for many months -- the political climate in this country, spurred in particular by right wing media zealots, is producing an atmosphere of hatred and bigotry that can only lead down a path that will threaten the very institutions that make our country unique.  The tragic shootings in Tucson Saturday bring those warnings dramatically home.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik probably put it about as well as it can be put Saturday: "I think it's time as a country to do a little soul-searching.  The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous."

Jim Keyworth
Gazette Blog Editor

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Anonymous said...

Shame on you for blaming "right wing media zealots" for this incident. Are you also going try to link this sick individual with the TEA party also? He was far from being right wing.

* His account contains "favorite" videos of flag burning;

* His favorite books are listed as the Communist Manifesto by Marx (left wing) and Hitler's Mein Kampf (left wing);

* He is a self described atheist and hates the Constitution;

* His former classmates
describe him as a "dope head" and "extremely liberal;"

Anonymous said...

Continued from above..

It was a mentally unstable left-wing nut job slaughtering people in Arizona, not a right wing extremist.

Anonymous said...

The assassin couldn’t possibly be an atheist. Based on his behavior, he must have been reading the Old Testament.

Jim Keyworth said...

I still say inflaming the airwaves with absurd right wing political rhetoric invites wackos like this guy to do what he did. And the Tea Party is right there with the rhetoric as well.


Anonymous said...

I knew you were left wing but had no clue as to what extreme. To try and blame the actions of a deranged individual on "absurd right wing" political rhetoric is uncalled for. To blame it on ANY politcal rhetoric, right wing or left wing, is wrong. How about going back to blaming rock and roll, video games, heavy metal, or movies? You didn't blame muslim rhetoric for the Fort Hood shooting did you?

There are right winger telling lies. However, left wingers are just as guilty. I now believe that you wouldn't agree so what about this:

And as far as I know, Andrew Breitbart's reward of $100,000 cash is still unclaimed for anyone who can provide him with irrefutable proof that any single member of Congress was spit on or called any sort of racial slur. It never happened. It was a complete lie made up to enflame emotions.

dale kasl said...

I blame Chris Mathews,Keith Olberman and other haters at MSNBC.Katie Couric,Meredith Viera and others at ABC,CBS,NBC,and PBS.You are also to blame people until you hear the facts and not your opinion.