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Who Shot Gabrielle Giffords?

I was in the middle of writing a column on the Republican grandstanding surrounding the idea of repealing the healthcare bill or as they call it, ObamaCare. That’s when the news flash arrived saying Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords had been shot. My heart dropped much like it did on that fateful day in 1963. I was saddened, disgusted and shamed to be a member of a society that breeds the kind people that can perform such heinous acts.

Giffords was a supporter of universal healthcare. She cared for her constituents, rich and poor. She answered to her conscience and used her strong intellect to make the decisions she felt were best for America. As I write this, the identity of the killer hasn’t been released. His motives remain a mystery.

As I do my best to resist anger and frustration, I ask “Who shot Gabrielle Giffords?”

In short order, we’ll know the name of the person or persons that held the gun. But at this point, I suggest the true murderers are those who fanned the irrational flames of hatred on the airwaves. After all, she was one of those “damned liberals,” those people who a hate infested, right-wing media paint as evil, sub-humans that need to be purged from “their” country. As such, she was shot by Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Riley, Glenn Beck and all of the other media mouths that sell hate to America in exchange for multi-million dollar paychecks.

Congresswoman Giffords was shot by the National Rifle Association, an organization that spends millions of dollars every year to convince true red-blooded, red-Stated Americans that without the right to possess automatic weapons and carry them into a grocery store in Tucson, the Axis of Evil would take over the country in a fortnight. Mounds of money are spent to protect our right to keep and bear arms and to protect the NRA’s corporate backer’s right to manufacture and sell weapons of death both in this country and abroad.

Gifford’s was shot by Joe the Plumber, the bimbo from Ohio that felt entitled to voice his opinions on subjects about which he knew absolutely nothing. Americans are undereducated and the situation is worsening. When our knowledge of economics, science, history and other areas that make intelligent decision making possible comes from talking heads on television, we are the executioners.

Giffords was shot by a society that glorifies violence and hate. Arizona has become an embarrassment. It is a State that proudly boasts of its efforts to limit the rights of Mexicans, blacks and other groups that the State “leadership” feels constitute a threat to their power. Arizona has a long history of producing radical nutcases. Sadly, many of them have and still do inhabit the State Capitol building. If we’re to find the murderers, we need not look far from there. When Arizonans need laws to permit everyone to carry guns on their hips, in schools, in bars and restaurants, we find the killers in the State Capitol.

When will we realize that giving everyone an assault rifle isn’t the way to protect freedom? When will we wake up to the reality that because someone has a liberal view, the person isn’t necessarily evil? Christ was a liberal. When will we get it that money can’t buy civilization? When corporations own and operate many if not most of our leaders, when multi-million dollar media contracts incent the likes of Rush Limbaugh and his ilk to flood the airways with hate-speak, then we’re sliding hopelessly down a slope with no end in sight other than disaster.

You and I shot Gabrielle Giffords by not taking a stronger stand on right and wrong. We’ve let the corporate interests run our country and we’ve done little to stop them. The health insurance industry fought very hard to stop Giffords and others like her who tried to fix a seriously broken system. By our inability and unwillingness to search out the truth, we shot Gabrielle Giffords. We also shot America. Shame on us.


3 Responses

  1. WTF? Talk about rush to judgement…Who wrote this trash?


  2. Pretty cogent analysis I think.


  3. Allen,

    What “we have failed to do” is a good point. In view of the latest budget from our Arizona Gov, “family values” have sunk to a new low.


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