On the morning of January 8, Jared Loughner shot dead six individuals and wounded seventeen more–including Representative Gabrielle Giffords–outside a grocery store in Tucson, AZ. Like clockwork, liberals were quick to blame individuals like Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh and conservative groups like the Tea Party for the tragedy in Tuscon. Even when the facts showed no evidence Loughner was influenced by anyone–conservative or liberal–they continued to blame those on the Right.
This would be true if Loughner lived in Maine or Idaho and drove to Arizona to specifically kill Representative Giffords. Or if he attended right-wing meetings and posted anti-government rants on the Internet. None of this was true. It looks like he targeted Rep. Giffords because he lived a couple of miles from the grocery store where she was appearing on Saturday morning.
If talk radio is at fault why isn’t there more such tragedies? Fox News is on twenty-fours hours a day and various conservative talk-shows broadcast just as much.
If people are compelled to kill because of the political speeches and writings of others how do liberals explain what happened in Bath, Michigan on May 18, 1927? On that day thirty-seven children and seven adults were killed by Andrew Kehoe who put hundreds of pounds of dynamite in the basement of the town’s school and blew it up. The reason. Kehoe was losing his farm and he blamed the high property taxes for his inability to make payments. Kehoe was the type of person who might sympathize with the Tea Party movement if one existed in 1927. Yet there was no talk radio, Fox News, or the Internet. It was just a troubled individual who decided to seek revenge by killing others. No one could explain what pushed Kehoe over the edge and it is likely no one will be able to do the same with regards to Loughner.