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From The Political Commentator, written by Michael Haltman
Democrats attempt to take the tragedy in Tucson and politicize it

I have always said that if a deranged, insane or evil mind wanted to commit an atrocity in a free society such as the United States, there is not much that can ultimately be done to prevent it. That is one of the prices that we pay for the privilege.

Of course one could stay inside a building with metal detectors, explosive sniffing dogs and radiation sensors forever, but that of course is just not feasible and would not guarantee safety anyway.

In a free society the actions of a man like Jared Loughner are the exception not the rule and we are not set-up to deal effectively with such people by anticipating their future actions.

The murder and wounding of innocent people that took place yesterday in Tucson is an example of this fact.

Society is structured based on the rule of law as followed by sane and rational people. Men such as Loughner are neither so such rules are not effective in stopping the madness that develops inside their heads.

Politicizing tragedy

If they bring a knife to the fight we bring a gun

Some Democrats when speaking of this tragedy are engaging in an attempt to point the finger of blame at the Tea Party and Sarah Palin for campaign signs and slogans that had fighting rhetoric in them. Rep. Giffords was on a political "Target List" not unlike many political target lists that exist in campaigns.

Are phrases such as the one above over the top and potentially responsible for inciting violence? This phrase was uttered by President Obama and is not any more responsible for the actions of Loughner than phrases used by the Tea Party of Sarah Palin!

Sick, mentally ill and deranged minds will do sick and horrendous things.

Loughner is obviously insane, possibly anti-Semitic and anti-government. As a result, this man possessed the ability to target innocent men, women and children in a heinous attack.

Let's not color this tragedy as anything more than what it was. An horrendous and tragic event that critically injured some while killing many innocent victims including a nine-year old girl.

This is not a political football to be used by either side.
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The shooting was due to the deranged mind of an an... by Michael Haltman on Sunday, Jan 9, 2011 at 11:31:45 PM
A voice of reason during a tragic time. Thank you... by Laura Roberts on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 12:18:59 AM
...should be charged in court with accessory to mu... by Allan Wayne on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 1:40:44 AM
For a moment there, I wondered if all the commente... by David Smith on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 7:12:35 AM
I had to look that up to find that out. If someon... by Odyseus_97 on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 10:04:00 AM
that you can understand the reasoning of a psychot... by zonie on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 10:55:13 AM
do you have that this was an act of antisemetism o... by zonie on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 10:57:03 AM
Insane? No question in my mind, about that! But,... by Robert P. Philipps on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 4:00:55 PM
OpEdNews - Diary: BECKWATCH: JARED LAUGHNER LIKED ... by Kevin Tully on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 7:45:44 PM
ask any pyschiatrist and he/she will tell you that... by Archie on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 6:55:24 PM
Michael, Now is the time to paint this. The count... by Kevin Tully on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 7:55:06 PM
...I no longer take accusations of Antisemitism se... by Taylor on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 11:26:34 PM
Saw on the news this am. His mother, himself....... by zonie on Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 at 3:42:59 PM