“Guns Save Lives” – Yet Again

Six dead, a dozen more injured. The target of the attack – Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, shot in the head.

Giffords was one of twenty Democratic politicians targeted by Sarah Palin on her website, using an image with rifle crosshairs. It could, of course, be coincidence that this image –

– with Cliffords’ name on it, (4th down on left, click image to enlarge) was taken down from Palin’s website immediately after the congresswoman was shot.

Palin’s reaction to the shooting:

My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today’s tragic shooting in Arizona.

On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice.

Yet more evidence of the sickness endemic in America and its politics today.

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4 Replies to ““Guns Save Lives” – Yet Again”

  1. Sad day, RJ. Not unexpected the way things have been of late. I’m trying not to attach blame as yet. There’s yet more to be uncovered I suspect.

  2. Al – and that’s a fact!

    Twilight – much has been made in the media of a political motive for this killing in Arizona because one of the victims was a politician. It’s been compared to the Oklahoma bombing – McVey had a grudge against the government – but those truly to blame for this latest American massacre, are no different from those responsible for allowing Columbine, Red Lake, Virginia Tech, and all the many other massacres to occur in this country. The Guardian listed ten between 1983 and March 2009 (the date of the Alabama massacre in which ten people died). There have been more since then, culminating in this latest atrocity.
    There are thousands of people to blame for these tragedies, all of them glorifying the possession and use of firearms for no other reason than the egotistical kick they get from owning and holding these diabolical weapons of death. So great is this need they’re unable to agree to the most basic rules that may prevent these tragedies from ever happening.
    Frankly, I’m sickened by the hypocritical displays of slushy grief and righteous indignation that always surface after one of these events, especially from the politicians and media, but also from many of the American public. No doubt it makes them feel better to sacrifice a cuddly toy or half a dozen roses to the railings or roadside after someone’s been gunned down, but they’d do better to voice a little common sense and vote for politicians with the guts to fight for gun control in this backward nation.
    Nobody plays cowboys and indians anymore. It’s time someone reminded Americans of that fact. Irresponsibility is all they have to offer the world.

  3. RJ, your comment to Twilight should be publicized all over the web. Here in the East we’ve been watching the trial of the people who set up a gun show at which an 8-year-old shot himself with an Uzi. Why the kid was at the show – forget about holding a weapon – is beyond me.

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