The tragedy in Arizona

From all accounts, the man charged with Saturday’s shooting of Congresswoman Giffords is what in non politically-correct terms would be called a nut. As we move forward, there will be those who will search for some political motive. There probably isn’t one; at least not a comprehensible one.

Still, one hopes that people will pause and realize that putting political opponents in the “crosshairs” and talking about “Second Amendment” solutions to problems _ as some candidates certainly did in the last electoion _  can fuel the ambitions of the deranged.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

7 Responses to The tragedy in Arizona

  1. David X says:

    Fred, I agree that there is no indication that any politician did or said anything that had any bearing on this deranged nut’s motivations … but that doesn’t stop you and the countless other pundits who believe every aspect of life is political and who pass up no opportunity – however tragic and senseless – to score a political point. It’s disgusting.

  2. How is it disgusting? This was a political figure who was shot

  3. Bob Grant says:

    What is there about life that isn’t affected by politics in some way?

  4. Ed Ramirez says:


    Even if this was a politically motivated act it is no reason to suspend freedom of speech. there is no reason I can imagine that would cause me or anyone else to call for the suspension of free speech.

  5. Ed no one is suggesting curbing free speech

  6. Bob Grant says:

    Ed, How about exercising free speech in a responsible way? Making comments about people in the cross-hairs, or carrying posters which say, “This time we are unarmed” or referering to the President of the United States as a monkey or Hitler are allowed under our constitution, but certainly are not responsible.

  7. David X says:

    @Fred: You’re in the same politically-opportunistic camp as Dick Durbin, who basically said the same thing you did, except he had the b*lls to actually say what he meant. It’s disgusting – irrespective of political affiliation – to use a senseless tragedy to demonize those who disagree with you, whether you say it directly or whether you insulate it the way a wimp does, with mealy mouthed language.

    @Bob: In the 2008 campaign, Senator Obama said he would counter Republican political attacks in this way: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun […] because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl”. Did anyone take those words literally and start shooting Republicans or knifing Democrats?

    Sometimes sierra happens because fragile individuals malfunction. Nobody can be responsible for the thoughts or actions of another, and it is clear that nobody tried to incite violence in this situation.

    Next, we’ll be banning football because the quarterback “threw a bomb”. Get a grip on reality.

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