Question of the Day: What Law Would Have Stopped Jared Lee Loughner?

The Washington Post is really getting on my tits (as the Brits are wont to say). The paper that once defined journalistic excellence is once again forgetting the basic principles of objective reporting or editorial balance. Case in point: the paper’s coverage of the so-called Safeway Massacre. “Arizona gun laws, which have been criticized by gun-control groups, permit any law-abiding resident older than 18 to buy or possess a firearm,” the Post tells its readers, trying to link the murders to Arizona’s “lax” gun laws. “To buy a handgun, as opposed to a rifle or shotgun, federal law requires the buyer to be at least 21.” Hello? Laughner’s 22. And the Post knows it—though they somehow forget to mention it. Deep breath . . .

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What If Giffords Gunman Jared Lee Loughner is an Anti-Semite?

The liberal left and their media minions have been quick to seize on Gabrielle Giffords’s shooting as a manifestation of inflammatory right wing rhetoric. Ironically or prophetically (depending on your perspective), Giffords perpetuated this supposed connection between “hate speech” and violence [above]. Yet there is no evidence specific to Jared Lee Loughner indicating that he was motivated by Gifford’s stance on health care or any other issue. Not yet, anyway. But there is a clear indication that the spree killer’s brutal attack may have been motivated by anti-semitism. In his YouTube channel’s profile, Loughner listed Nazi leader Adolph Hitler’s anti-semitic screed Mein Kampf as one of his favorite books. Gabrielle Giffords is Jewish.

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Statement from Jim and Sarah Brady [Re: Giffords Shooting]

“We are deeply saddened and deeply angered by the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, Judge John Roll, and the constituents, including a 9-year-old child, who had assembled with her outside of a Tucson grocery store today.

We know the deep pain and horror that all the family members and loved ones who have been made victims by this man and his gun are going through. We wish we didn’t, but we know it too well. We were there almost 30 years ago, dealing with the doctors, the hospital, the surgeons, and so much uncertainty.

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Giffords’ Shooter Jared Loughner Used a Glock 19 [Shown Here]

TTAG writer Brad Kozak was right: the mainstream  media was wrong. On Saturday, the press rushed to report that spree killer/would-be political assassin Jared Lee Loughner used an “automatic rifle” to carry-out his heinous crime. The image above is from Loughner’s Facebook page, deleted within minutes of the attack. It shows his Glock 19 with a standard mag (15 rounds of 9mm ammunition). ABC confirmed that the nine-millimeter caliber weapon was purchased legally from Sportsman’s Warehouse [below] in Tucson Arizona on November 30th . . .

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Left Blames Right for Giffords Shooting

Even before the facts of the matter have been ascertained, observers on the left side of the political spectrum are up in arms about the motives of the gunman in the Giffordss shooting, Jared Lee Loughner. ”Palin needs to be held accountable for murder,” Elly-895483 commented underneath msnbc.com‘s post on threats of violence aimed at Gifford before today’s tragedy. In this rush to judgement Elly was–and is—not alone. TTAG commentator and gun blogger JadeGold left no words unminced: “Lack of gun control caused this.” Nor did Josh Sugarman, Executive Director of the Violence Policy Center and Huffington Post pro-gun control poster child: “America’s gun culture claims its latest victims.” CNN has jumped into this meme with both metaphorical feet . . .

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