Snapshots from Green Victoria (tedwords) wrote,
Snapshots from Green Victoria
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The politics of paranoia

This was posted by a dear friend of mine, and I just had to repost it. It was a friend's only entry, so I won't mention her name, but it captures perfectly my feelings on the subject.

Personally, I think this is a classic example of what the politics of hatred get you, whether it's in the States or whether you're a governor in Pakistan. I was personally appalled...and a little frightened...to read several online comments posted in response to several of the stories I read, by idiots lamenting the fact that Gabrielle Giffords survived or that it wasn't Obama who had been shot. I hope I never am so callous that I'd ever say something as ignorant about someone whose political views I may not agree with.

Anyway, here's what my friend had to say:

What I'm thinking....I feel deeply for the Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and all those killed and injured, including the poor wee 9 year girl who had hardly begun to live her life yet, but it's not a total surprise this happened is it?

I just watched a news conference re: the shootings. Apparently the shooter, Jared Loughner 22, bought the automatic weapon legally a week ago. So easy for someone with his alleged dubious background to buy a deadly weapon without background checks, a permit, a licence and apparently without anything as sensible as a mandatory course on using it safely and use only at a gun club only without a renewable permit and licence. Arizona (and two other states Vermont and Alaska (no surprise there)) legalises the carrying of concealed firearms and other weapons without a permit for adults over 21 years of age. WTF is up with the people who pass these laws? In my opinion they are taking retrograde steps with the result of this kind of thing happening more and more frequently. The US gun laws are a mess.

Pima County, Arizona Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said "I think that when the rhetoric about hatred, about mistrust of government, about paranoia of how government operates and to try to inflame the public on a daily basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, has impact on people especially who are unbalanced personalities to begin with." and a little further on, "vitriol out of certain mouths about tearing down the government, the anger, hatred and bigotry going on in this country is getting to be outrageous, and unfortunately Arizona has become the capital, the mecca for prejudice and bigotry". He also said Arizona was the "Tombstone of the United States" (presumably meaning gunfights and gun happy). He also spoke out against the gun laws in the US. A voice of reason in a position of authority and not scared to speak out on a world stage. The man deserves a medal.
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