The Man Alleged To Have Shot Congresswoman Gifford…

Sounds like a lunatic whose politics were all over the map. His name is Jared Lee Loughner. From the Telegraph:

On Saturday night. Caitie Parker, a singer-songwriter from Arizona, said she had known Loughner when they were both teenagers and that he dropped out of school in 2006 after developing alcohol poisoning. However she added that when she had known him, Loughner seemed to be liberal or Left-wing. “I went to high school and college, and was in a band with him,” she said on Twitter. “I can’t even fathom this right now.” Describing him as a “political radical” and a “loner” who was “very philosophical”, Ms Parker claimed Loughner was “oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy”, which predicts the world will end next year.

Later in the article, there’s this:

An account on YouTube, the video-sharing website operated in Loughner’s name contained several home-made videos including one titled ‘”My final thoughts”. The YouTube account stated that among Loughner’s favourite books, most of which were much-loved classic novels, were Mein Kampf and The Communist Manifesto … It called for a return to the gold standard, a common demand of Tea Party activists, and claimed that the government was imposing “mind control and brainwash on the people”.

Here’s the video:

Please remember that this is all very speculative. Loughner hasn’t been convicted of anything. And if this video is created by the guy who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six people, he sounds like a poster child for “not guilty by reason of insanity”.

Having said that, well, what the fuck did people expect? This is the kind of carnage stirred up when a political movement like the Tea Party that’s affiliated with an allegedly legitimate political party — the Republicans — spouts violent, angry rhetoric that’s predicated on shoddy facts and deliberately used to elevate passion over reason amongst an increasingly economically insecure, increasingly xenophobic and well-armed constituency.

Seriously, what the fuck did people think would happen?

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

One thought on “The Man Alleged To Have Shot Congresswoman Gifford…”

  1. Apparently, her opponent in the last election also held an event called “Get on Target for Victory,” in which people were invited to shoot a fully-automatic M16 with him. As you say–what did they expect??

    It seems like there’s a real rush to dismiss this guy as an isolated loner with mental illness, as if the violent rhetoric we’ve been seeing couldn’t have had any impact. It’s definitely possible that this guy has some sort of mental disorder, but given the kind of things Palin et al. have been saying, and especially given that a lot of this hateful shit is a regular part of some mainstream U.S., I don’t think it’d necessarily take a brain imbalance to get someone to the point where they think this is a good idea. I doubt the people who’ve been espousing the violent, bigoted rhetoric are going to take any responsibility, though…

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