Ever since we heard the tragic news from Tucson, there’s been lots of speculation about why this young man would go on a shooting rampage, severely injuring Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killing six of her constituents.
But it was Sheriff Clarence Dupnik of Pima County who best summed it. It was no accident something like this happened in Arizona, he said, because “the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous, and unfortunately Arizona has become sort of the capital.”
There are those who deny this has anything to do with politics. Nonsense. It has politics written all over it.
Where did he go to commit mass murder? To a Congressional Meet-Up.
Whom did he ask for by name, once he arrived? Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
And what Congresswoman from Arizona had been targeted by Sarah Palin with a crosshairs on the map of her district? Gabrielle Giffords.
Make no mistake about it. This is one more case of anti-government hate rhetoric leading to violence against government officials.
And the more we tolerate toxic talk on talk radio, the more of this senseless violence we’re going to see.
That’s my parting shot for today.