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January 10, 2011

You Know That Moment of Silence? They Don’t Mean Just a Moment.

As of today we still know nothing about the motivations of the Tucson shooter or anything about his political leanings (which can currently be described as incoherent), or what he watched, listened to, or any insight whatsoever as to what might have influenced his behavior now or in the past whether for the good or the bad.

Which is why, according to our finest media thought leaders and Democratic Party representatives, the shooting clearly shows we must “quiet the voices of intolerance” and “not tolerate violence or inflammatory rhetoric that incites political violence,” by which they mean, “stop opposing the progressive policy agenda.”

Also, “shut the hell up.”

And of course, we need more gun control. As one Daily Kos diarist commenting on Arizona’s law permitting concealed carry without prior government authorization put it:

“This suspect, reported to be about 21, was able to carry a concealed weapon to this event BECAUSE of that law, and shoot a Congresswoman point blank in the head.”

If only there had been a law against carrying a concealed weapon, perhaps this mass murderer would have thought twice about gunning down half a dozen people in cold blood in the middle of the day, not wanting to risk paying a possibly very hefty fine and the obvious embarrassment that would cause.

As you can see, it is now perfectly acceptable to cravenly use a national tragedy to further your own private political agenda regardless of whether there is any evidence of a connection between the two.

Take, for example, Robert J. Birgeneau,
Chancellor, UC Berkeley, who, in a statement to students and faculty regarding the killings, asks that in response:

“We must work to support dialogue about our differences and eschew expressions of demonization of others, including virulent attacks on Israel, anti-Muslim graffiti, racism towards African-Americans, Chicano/Latinos and other underrepresented minority groups, and homophobic acts.”

Personally, when we heard of the atrocity in Tucson, our very first thought was, “Damn that anti-Muslim graffiti, look what it's caused now.”

In this spirit of utter self absorption, we ask our readers to consider the horror that occurred in Tucson as an opportunity for us all to:

Reflect somberly on the very real possibility that Top Chef is diluting its brand with too many spin-offs.

Give some serious and sober thought to asking that they bring back the McRib sandwich again.

Come to accept the fact that we’ll probably never see a Xena: Warrior Princess movie.

Go ahead and see if you can find a way to turn someone else’s tragedy to personal advantage without apology or remorse.

C’mon, everyone is doing it!

J.

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