A 22-year old degenerate opened fire at a shopping center in Tucson, Arizona where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was meeting constituents. At the latest report six people are dead; that number will probably grow. Congresswoman Giffords was shot in the head, but she survived.
From his writings on YouTube it sounds like the shooter is mentally ill. However he is diagnosed, he murdered people, and it would be an injustice if he escapes the death penalty because of insanity. It has never made sense to me that crazy means you are not prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
This unspeakable act should be kept entirely separate of politics. People on all sides could try to score political points here. The shooter is a man whose favorite books are The Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf, does not believe in God, used a gun, and has rambled incoherently about the state of monetary currency and grammar. The Congresswoman is a somewhat conservative Democrat whose office was vandalized because she voted for the health care bill and who has been criticized at Daily Kos. Whatever. This crime was an act of insanity, not politics.
I heard a moderate on Fox News say he hoped this shooting would lead to more bipartisanship in Washington. No! I completely disagree. This act of violence should not be used by the moderate hand-wringers to try to stop people from passionate partisanship.
America is still a free country with free speech and free elections. That means we draw a line between speech and force. Arguing, giving strong opinions and even being mean and uncourteous are different from killing people. It is wrong to try to draw a connection between talkers and killers, as President Clinton did when he spuriously linked Timothy McVeigh with Rush Limbaugh and talk radio. Clinton did what statists on the left often do: they exploit acts of violence to stifle speech they don’t like.
It is heartbreaking to see the clip of Congresswoman Giffords reading the first amendment, a pillar of our freedom, on the House floor earlier this week. The crime in Tucson was force, not speech. We need to be vigilante against those who would blur the distinction in order to destroy the freedom of speech — and extend statist force against free individuals.
UPDATE: I got the information about his favorite books from Fox News. I see now on the internet that the list is longer:
I had favorite books: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.