Intellectually Dishonest Reactions To Shooting

As soon as I saw the first news story about what is now being dubbed the "Giffords' shooting" I knew there would be a game of politics being played with it in an attempt to demonize this as a case of "right wing hate" and use this tragedy to attempt for the left to get their way on any number of political issues.

I was proven right within hours of the shooting, almost as soon as Jared Lee Loughner's name was released people began pouring over the internet looking for proof that he was a "right winger".

Blue Hampshire rushed publishing a series of comments implying the right were responsible.  Instantly they dug through their archives looking for anything they could use for political fodder such as the one found HERE.  They attempted to draw some type of a connection between this and the recent repeal of the rule banning guns from the NH state house.

Facts however are slowly surfacing.  Other then the fact that this congress woman happened to be a democrat there is little other evidence showing this gunman to be a "right wing" hater.

Let us take a moment to examine actual fact because in the end I don't think you'll find this a political attack but rather the attack of a mentally unstable person.  Of course that wont stop Democrats from attempting to use this to their political gain.

1) First and foremost Gabby Gifford is far from being an extreme left winger.  Other then her support of the Obama health care bill most of her other actions would be considered right wing by most.
  a) She is a supporter of gun rights and the 2nd amendment and even signed a bill that would improve states rights so that if a person were permitted in one state to conceal carry there right granted to them would not be allowed to be taken away by other states.
  b) She is a supporter of cracking down on illegal immigration and supporting protecting our borders.
  c) She has been pushing the government to crack down on spending stating on her own website "The federal debt is the single biggest threat to our economy and national security today." and even was pushing for Congress to cut their own salaries by 5%.
  d) Her last official act before being shot was to read the following part of the Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

2) Jared Lee Loughner facts known so far:
  a) In one of his YouTube videos Jared is pictured burning an American flag to the song "Let the bodies hit the floor"
  b) He listed several of his favorite books on his twitter account:

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."

  c) In his rantings he refers to creating a 2nd Constitution wanting the only one done away with.
  d) People who knew him described him as "Left wing".  Here is a tweet written by a fellow student (Caitie Parker) who went to school with him:

he was a pot head & into rock like Hendrix,The Doors, Anti-Flag. I haven't seen him in person since '07 in a sign language class ... As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy.
  e) Jared had a letter in his safe from Giffords thanking him for attending her past events.
From what I've read and saw on the news, personally I don' think he was left wing or right wing but instead a disturbed individual.  His books range from radical socialist books to writings of Ann Rand which would be far right.  His views in his videos are rambing and incoherient.  But this wont stop others from attempting to politisise this.

“I was just in Cahncid driving down Main St. and my car tried to speed up when I saw Speaker O’Lien in the crosswalk…thank God my brain and my car are disconnected…I was barely able to contain myself.Perhaps we’ll get to see good old fashioned duels on the Statehouse lawn to take our minds off the real issues…maybe even a hanging or two.”
No Muzzle, No WHHP by: JonnyBBad @ Wed Jan 05, 2011 at 13:45:55 PM CST
Posted on BlueHampshire

As I said, I don't believe this to be an attack on left wing or right wing views but instead an attack by a deranged individual, an attack of opportunity being as she was someone he was able to access.  This attack could just as easily been carried out on just about any other congress man or woman and it would have likewise fit his political rantings.

If there is any talk of using this shooting to a political gain then let us start by looking at Giffords political views and start there.

Start passing laws to protect our borders as she supports.

Pass laws supporting individuals given the right to arm and defend themselves in one state the ability to also have the same right when they cross the border into other states.

Push for cutting back federal spending as she has as the focus on her website as a top priority.

And last but what I would consider most importantly, pass the 5% political pay cut she recommends.