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.
As the Israeli media outlet ynetnews.com reports—and America’s mainstream media (MSM) has not—Giffords made her Jewish ancestry an integral part of her campaign for Congress: “If you want something done, your best bet is to ask a Jewish woman to do it.” (This despite the fact that Giffords’ mother was a Christian Scientist.)
So, if Loughner’s heinous crime was motivated by what Hitler called “the Jewish peril,” what does that do to the MSM’s meme about hateful Republican and Tea Party rhetoric, and their supposed right-wing extremism?
It pretty much kills it, of course. Or does it? Hitler was a right wing fascist, right? It’s a compelling link between mass murderer Hitler, right wing republicans and Tea Partiers, and Jared Lee Lougher—provided you ignore the fact that NAZI means National Socialist Party.
Expect to see the debate over Hitler’s political resonance flare-up again, as the MSM and left wingers fight a rear-guard action against their ridiculous rush to judgement.
Meanwhile, the left wing can’t resort to suggesting that Loughner was motivated by gun-grabbing gun control—championed by most of America’s Jewish politicians—to shoot Giffords. As you’d expect from a Democrat in Arizona, Giffords’ was staunchly pro-gun rights. Just so we’re clear, here are her remarks [via slate.com] after the Supreme Court’s Heller decision, striking down Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban.
As a gun owner, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. In February, I was proud to sign the Amicus Brief in District of Columbia v. Heller asking the Supreme Court to uphold the lower court ruling that overturned the long standing DC gun ban.
This is a common sense decision that reaffirms the Constitutional right – and Arizona tradition – of owning firearms. I commend the Court for ruling in favor of restoring our right to bear arms.
Right. So. The plain fact of the matter—as seen on Loughner’s YouTube videos—is that Giffords’ assailant was another gun-toting nut job. Sorry, mentally-challenged, troubled youth. So more gun control? Or . . . thought control?
Anyway, I accept the principal that society CAN keep mentally ill people away from guns. In the main, we have. But we can’t identify ALL mentally challenged citizens, or keep ALL mentally ill people away from guns, knives, clubs, bombs, poison, cars and/or all potentially dangerous weapons.
Relying on laws to minimize the risk risks evoking the laws of diminishing returns. Who’s to say that a left wing jihad against guns wouldn’t tip potential spree killers into action? Whose fault would that be?
The gunman’s fault. Because no matter what you say or what laws you enact, we must all take responsibility for our actions. Even when we can’t. And there will always be mentally ill or sociopathic people amongst us. Sometimes, these crazies do bad things. Why blame the weapon, or even the words that inspired them? What good does that do? For whom?