On the Weekend's Shooting

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by Simon Black: Apparently
There Was an Earthquake…



I abhor violence.
Non-retaliatory violence is a desperate act of intolerant men who
cannot sort out their differences reasonably and peacefully. Violence
is the answer for those who lack the intellectual merit to win a
battle of ideas and can only resort to more animalistic behavior
to impress their point.

The greater
the violence, the more unfortunate the outcome – major acts
of violence result in loss of life, collateral damage, destruction
of property, changes in social mood, and more.

Every single
day, crazed lunatics claim the lives of innocent people; sometimes
it’s a premeditated crime, sometimes it’s a crime of passion,
sometimes it’s a complete accident, sometimes it’s an
act of terror, and sometimes people are just in the wrong place
at the wrong time when a 500 pound bomb is dropped over Afghanistan.

Each instance
represents a theft upon humanity.

A shooting
took place this weekend in Arizona which was devastating, to say
the least… but in my mind, no more or less devastating than
any other murderous rampage, whether in the United States or anywhere
in the world. Because a US Congresswoman was ostensibly the intended
victim, however, it’s captured worldwide attention.

Speaker of
the House John Boehner summarized many politicians’ reactions
to Saturday’s shooting when he said, “an attack on one
who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence
against public officials have no place in our society.”

I’m inclined
to believe that acts and threats of violence against all people
have no place in any free society. The life of a politician is not
worth more than the life of the nine year old girl who was shot
and later died at the hospital, or the 76-year-old man who died
on the scene as he was protecting his wife, or of any of the other

I’ve seen
mainstream media reports that portray the apparent shooter as an
anti-government subversive whose favorite books include Mein
Kampf and the Communist Manifesto. This makes absolutely
no sense – what kind of anti-government proponent counts Hitler,
Marx, and Engels as his favorite authors?

Rather, it’s
more likely that the shooter was just another loony who owned a
firearm and decided to use it. If the victim had been Gabrielle
the bus driver instead of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, it would
have barely registered a few words at the bottom of the CNN news

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