US Anger and Shootings
Those who have followed the apocalyptic rage spewing from the Fox News Channel have believed it a matter of time before some nutter, convinced the socialists were taking power, would grab a gun and attempt assassination, very likely of President Obama.
Therefore it will be interesting to find out which if any media outlets had shaped the fury of Jared Lee Loughner and persuaded him to shoot 18 people gathered to hear their Congresswoman at a neighborhood meeting.
Before the Fox commentators are allowed to fume that the American republic is being defiled by a Maoist administration, and introduce other mischievous notions to the national debate, perhaps they should reflect that their country – uniquely in the Western world – allows near-universal access to murderous weaponry, and has been witness to political gun violence.
You cannot broadcast dawn to dusk hate and not get a response from the deranged, the humiliated, the defeated, the unhinged.
Of course, if analysis of the Arizona attack proves different motivations were at work, none of the arguments above are irrelevant. America is saturated with guns. It will witness more lethal political violence. It is a matter of time.
You stoke the hatreds, you get the violence.
So cut the poison. Lower the decibel reading. Remember that extreme rhetoric has consequences, especially in gun-totting America.