Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethic and Public Policy Center in Washington, called the comments by Krugman, Durbin, and other liberals “sickening.”
“People were taking a terrible human tragedy and using it as a political club, and there wasn’t even a moratorium of 24 hours, or even 24 minutes,” said Wehner.
Sadly, it didn’t take long for those on the left to start trying to link Jerry Lee Loughner to people like Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity and the Tea Party Movement. Loughner is the 22-year-old man who gunned down a federal judge, 8 others and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords is still in critical condition and with our prayers and the best medical treatment available, she should recover. (Above quote found here and here).
I knew the moment that I began reading about this gunman on Saturday that the left would try to pin the shooting on the right. Never mind the fact that this guy reads Karl Marx and idolizes Hitler, both socialists and leftist. The blame-game that the Democratic party relishes in started immediately. They are so accustomed to laying blame that they could not wait until some true facts were brought about. To try and link a nutcase and his actions is nuts in itself because we cannot control anyone other than ourselves.
Loughner truly believe in mind control and thought he was the one in control. He was. But only of his own actions. Let me clue you in: the one responsible for the shooting deaths of those on Saturday was the shooter, not anyone on the Left or the Right. Yes, Loughner read Mein Kampf, but that does not mean that Hitler is responsible for the death of the federal judge. Loughner is.
I know those on the left are itching to turn this into a political football. But to so means that they need to look at themselves as well. The moment that one of them screams for gun control is the moment we need to turn it back on them, and say that if you are going to scream for gun control, are you willing to ban all the books that Loughner read as well? Are you willing to ban those ideas that he fixated upon as he concocted his crime?
Guns are not to blame for what took place on Saturday. As much as I would like to lay blame on political ideas, they are not what caused the shooting spree. Loughner and Loughner alone is to blame. Not his childhood, his parents, his schooling, his lack of social skills, his lack of income, his eating habits, etc. He was the gunman, he is a killer, he needs to be dealt with accordingly.
UPDATE: Check out Neil’s post on this subject as well, here. Neil’s blog has the following and much more concerning the left’s hypocrisy:
This is just the latest excuse by the left to avoid making their case. Once again they can’t actually connect the violence to anyone on the right so they ask to be given a pass.
- They couldn’t prove the Bush memos were real, but wanted to stick with the story anyway. This was the genesis of “fake but accurate.”
- They couldn’t deny that Joe Stack (who flew his plane into an IRS bldg.) quoted the Communist manifesto favorably and disliked George Bush, but labeled him the “Tea Party terrorist” anyway.
- They couldn’t deny that Richard Poplawski’s only connection to Glenn Beck was that he was disappointed in Beck’s debunking of a conspiracy theory he believed in. They continue to suggest Poplawski was a fan.
- They couldn’t deny that Pentagon shooter J. Patrick Bedell was a registered Democrat and a 9/11 Trutherwho disliked Bush, but they wanted him to be a Tea Partier as well.
- They couldn’t deny that Clay Duke was a leftist inspired by a left-wing movie produced during the Bush years, so they mostly said nothing at all.
I’m leaving out a bunch more. The census worker’s death who was blamed on the right, but which turned out to be suicide. The “right-wing” shooter at the Holocaust museum who turned out to hate Christianity and Fox News.
Also see the following story from Byron York. He writes about the hypocrisy of journalists urging caution after the shooting at Ft. Hood, but were quick to lay blame for Saturday’s shooting at the feet of Sarah Palin.
In Tucson, Arizona, a 22 year-old man named Jared Lee Loughner opened fire at a political event, gravely wounding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, killing a federal judge and five others, and wounding 18. In the hours after the attack, little was known about Loughner beyond some bizarre and largely incomprehensible YouTube postings that, if anything, suggested he was mentally ill. Yet the network that had shown such caution in discussing the Ft. Hood shootings openly discussed the possibility that Loughner was inspired to violence by…Sarah Palin. Although there is no evidence that Loughner was in any way influenced by Palin, CNN was filled with speculation about the former Alaska governor.
I was hoping to hear Rush today on this issue but I wasn’t able to listen. Here is what he posted on his web site:
RUSH: What an embarrassing weekend it has been for the media. I mean, utterly, childishly, silly embarrassing. I knew it was going to happen the minute I heard about the shooting. I got on the horn with some people, said, “You wait. It’s in the template. It’s gonna follow.” So predictable, so childish, so immature, and it has led to a number of people making abject fools of themselves. The Sheriff of Pima County has made a fool of himself. I don’t know if he knows it yet or not. Most in the State-Controlled Media, the Drive-By Media, are illustrating why we call them “the Drive-By Media.” They are literally making fools of themselves to take an incident like this and to try to turn it into a political advantage by accusing people that have nothing whatsoever to do with this sordid, unfortunate event, as accomplices to murder. It’s silly on its face.
I hope no one buys into this garbage by the MSM. They are doing just what Rush said, fitting this into their template for their own political advantage. Sickening.