Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gabrielle Giffords - #2548 - Steve Peters Commentary (2) McCarthy Readies Gun Control Bill - Politico (3) Kyl: Too Much Credit to Give Shooter 'Coherent Political Philosophy' - The Hill (4) Backlash Mounts Over Biased Coverage of Arizona Tragedy - Newsmax

Commentary by Steve Peters -  As the flags fly at half mast over the Capitol, while Representative Giffords and other victims in Arizona are valiantly fighting for their lives, Democrats like Representative McCarthy and Brady are attempting to take FULL advantage of a lone gunman's crime to pass long sought after liberal gun control and anti-free speech legislation. Shame on all of those who would ride the emotional wave of grief we feel throughout the country for their own personal political gains. Many liberals like Representative Pascrell(Blames Fox News) and Paul Krugman(blames Rush Limbaugh/Glenn Beck) throughout this country are attempting to smear the conservative's civil patriotic discourse as the reason for Loughner's violence. Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, a long term active Democrat in the Tucson area, has in the past made statements like,“We didn’t have a tea party until we had a black president.” He is not insightful enough to know correlation does not imply causation, as maybe it's Obama's policies and not his skin color to which conservatives object. He, like many others on the other side of the political aisle are using this tragedy as a platform to try to smear the Tea Party groups, other conservative organizations, and the GOP that do not agree with their political agenda. We can only hope that this despicable opportunism becomes another well deserved public backlash like the one that the Democrats received for their "Wellstone Memorial Political Pep Rally of 2002." Wellstone said, "Politics is not about winning for the sake of winning". I think it is time for the liberals to take his message to heart, leave politics out of this tragedy, and to observe a very long moment of thoughtful silence.

McCarthy Readies Gun Control Bill - Politico - One of the fiercest gun control advocates in Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), pounced on the shooting massacre in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, promising to introduce legislation as soon as Monday targeting the high-capacity ammunition clip the gunman used. McCarthy ran for Congress after her husband was gunned down and her son seriously injured in a shooting in 1993 on a Long Island commuter train. “My staff is working on looking at the different legislation fixes that we might be able to do and we might be able to introduce as early as tomorrow,” McCarthy told POLITICO in a Sunday afternoon phone interview. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) said he’s preparing to introduce a similar bill in the Senate.  Read more.........  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

Kyl:  Too Much Credit to Give Shooter 'Coherent Political Philosophy' - The Hill -  Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R) suggested Sunday that the 22-year-old accused of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was likely too mentally unstable to be operating out of political aims.  On CBS's "Face the Nation," Kyl was asked about the comments of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who criticized vitriol in his state while giving an update on the case to the press.  "When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government — the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous," said the sheriff. "And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become sort of the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry."  "I didn't really think that that had any part in a law enforcement briefing last night," Kyl said. "It was speculation."  Read more........  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

Backlash Mounts Over Biased Coverage of Arizona Tragedy - Newsmax - ..........Efforts to link 22-year-old Loughner to conservative political rhetoric soon collided with reality, as the nature of Loughner’s own remarks and writings emerged.  His online rants appeared to reflect a muddled, possibly left-wing viewpoint that embrace anarchy. Intellectually, his influences appeared to range from Karl Marx to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Kicked out of Pima Community College for his bizarre behavior, he wrote in a YouTube video: “I can’t trust the current government because of fabrications. The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar."  Conservatives and media commentators expressed revulsion and how the tragedy seemed to be used in some quarters as political fodder.  “In all my years as a working journalist, I have never seen more shallow analysis from liberal commentators than I have now, with this terrible tragedy in Arizona,” Fox News contributor and author Bernard Goldberg told Newsmax.  Read more.........  Article contributed by Steve Peters,

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