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Violence in Tucson

January 11, 2011

As the both figurative and literal smoke clears from the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona Saturday, a picture emerges–and it is a familiar one.

The first thing to note is the speed at which we get information these days. I saw a headline on Drudge and began following the story on Twitter. Yes, Twitter: not the formerly mainstream media or even local news media, who were all hopelessly behind on the developing story. They were reporting rumors and wildly conflicting stories.

It didn’t take long for a name to appear; spellings were confirmed and then the shooter’s Facebook, YouTube and other social media accounts were discovered. It wasn’t too very long before the picture of the madman emerged. Yet even a day later, CNN describes the man who fired the gun and was pinned down by bystanders as “massacre suspect” and “alleged shooter.”

In the meantime, it took even less time for the rabid left to dub this a case of right-wing violence and to attempt to smear the Tea Party movement. As I wrote above: a familiar picture.

Yet nothing could be further from the truth. The shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, is in fact a moonbat whose favorite books reportedly include Mein Kampf and The Communist Manifesto. When confronted with this reality, leftist websites, including the Daily Kos, scrambled to take down their own vitriolic rants both against Giffords. You see, it turns out that Giffords is rather moderate in her views–in fact was Republican until 1999–and is conservative on issues such as gun rights and immigration. She voted for Obamacare but against Nancy Pelosi as minority leader. This annoyed the radical left.

Such moderate Democrats as Giffords are in a tough position politically these days. But to shoot one for her political views? Unthinkable. Except to a man who left barely-comprehensible writings on his social media sites.

Although the political left was not involved in this shooting, they are not above taking advantage of it to advance their agenda. This shooting is already being trotted out as an argument for more gun control, even though Loughner went through an FBI check to get his weapon legally. And Rep James Clyborn (D-GA) is asking for special treatment for Congressmen by the TSA, even though the shooting happened outside a grocery store, not in an airport.

Loughner was brought down by a folding chair. Can we expect to hear calls for laws controlling folding chairs?

The socialist left cannot win in the marketplace of ideas. They must eliminate competition from within their own party, not to mention taking every opportunity to vilify conservative media, conservative leaders and the Tea Party movement in general.

But this is 2011 and the truth comes out faster than they can spin their lies. This time Rep. Gabrielle Giffords got in the cross-hairs. I’m glad she survived; I mourn the loss of innocent life. We all need to be a little more on our guard.


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