Jared Loughner: You Can't Fix Crazy
America is a nation of problem solvers. Our country was built on the creative minds of brilliant men. Nothing is too difficult to surmount, or too challenging to overcome, except perhaps one thing. America hates crazy.
In the wake of the Tucson, Arizona shooting, news reporters, bloggers, friends, neighbors, even strangers were quick to point to a definitive reason that Jared Loughner opened fire at the Safeway during a political meet-and-greet killing six bystanders and critically wounding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The first to carry the blame was Sarah Palin, who had used images of gun sights on a national map highlighting Democrats her PAC was trying to unseat. Congresswoman Giffords was one of those Democrats. In fact, it was reported by the New York Post that when her own father, Spencer Giffords, was asked if she had any enemies, he replied, "Yeah." He told The Post, "The whole Tea Party." Unfortunately, Loughner was a registered Independent with no affinity to Palin or the Tea Party.
When no link was found, the blame moved to conservative rhetoric in the form of Rush Limbaugh with the Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik telling ABC News that Limbaugh's "political rhetoric, was 'irresponsible' for continuing the vitriol. [Limbaugh] attacks people, angers them against government, angers them against elected officials, and that kind of behavior in my opinion is not without consequences."
But Loughner did not appear to be a conservative-leaning political operative. The Huffington Post reported he may have ties to a hate group called the American Renaissance. The Post article cites a super-secret memo that may or may not have been provided to law enforcement: "A DHS official told the Washington Post on Monday the agency has not officially provided information on Loughner to any law enforcement officials, but may have done so unofficially. It's unclear whether Loughner maintains a direct connection to the group, however, 'strong suspicion is being directed' at American Renaissance."Continued on the next page