Shinkuu (shinkuu) wrote,

Yeah, that Arizona thing

It's been a couple of days since that shooting in Arizona where that Congresswoman was shot in the head. I'm sure we'll still keep hearing about it for the rest of the week, probably longer, but I still can't stop thinking about it. Maybe it's because she was a target I would've have expected? She wasn't the president or a branch leader or someone that had been in the headlines a lot or even made a lot of appearances on The Daily Show. Maybe it's because, if she were my representative, I would've thought, "Gee, this should be safe to attend"?

Probably the most disturbing thing about the whole thing was the death of the little 9-year-old girl, who was there because she was interested in politics. Could there be a crueler twist of fate? It took me over two decades to get interested in politics. But this little girl was there, just displaying an innocent curiosity...

It just feels like there's something about the times we are living in that just aren't right. At this point we don't know enough to say, "Oh, this guy shot these people because of Sarah Palin's map thing." We don't know that. Nevertheless, it again draws attention to the violent rhetoric we see being tossed around like nothing, and it just seems like... shouldn't we be above this? It's creepy now, it was creepy during the health care "debate" and the midterm elections, and it will continue to be creepy. Wasn't this what the Rally to Restore Sanity was ALL about?

Congresswoman Giffords' brother-in-law, Scott Kelly, had this to say...

We have a unique vantage point here aboard the International Space Station. As I look out the window, I see a very beautiful planet that seems very inviting and peaceful. Unfortunately, it is not. These days, we are constantly reminded of the unspeakable acts of violence and damage we can inflict upon one another, not just with our actions, but also with our irresponsible words. We’re better than this. We must do better.

Still, there are people who say, "Well, people from both parties say stuff like this. People throughout history have said stuff like this." That is not adequate justification. That is not an excuse. You don't need to say you're sorry or that saying such things in the past was wrong. Just stop defending it. Stop continuing it. Just shut up.
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