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More Questions on Arizona Shooting of Rep. Giffords

Monday, January 10, 2011

This weekend's shootings in Tucson, Arizona left six dead and 14 injured. Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords — whom authorities say was the target of the attack — remains in critical condition, while a Congressional aide, a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl are among the dead. The violence was the worst the state has seen in sometime, and in its wake, members of Congress beefed up security detail, while some worried if more attacks were coming. Since then, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner has been charged with attempted assassination. The event appears to be an isolated act of violence, but many are wondering: how did this tragic shooting occur?

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Arizona's Ugly Political History

Monday, January 10, 2011

I was raised in Tucson’s Barrio Hollywood, lived in Arizona for the first 30 years of my life and considered it home even after I left to begin my academic career. My memories are good and bad. The good include the pleasures of youth complemented by great food, especially the uniquely savory carne seca chimichangas and green corn tamales that are the best I have ever tasted. The bad include discrimination of varying types and intensity.

But the state’s apparent commitment to resuscitating its myopic and racist past weighs increasingly on my estrangement from my home state.

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Beyond Binaries: Shooters Aren't Just Politically Motivated or Crazy

Sunday, January 09, 2011

The problem with those two categories is that they leave out one of the largest categories: the sane perpetrator with a personal agenda. Columbine shocked the country because Eric Harris took the personal attack to an unprecedented level: self-motivated terrorist attack. But we see less grandiose examples of the same instinct several times a year. A few shooters who "go postal" are nuts. Most are sane.

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The Nonsense, and Danger, in Blaming Sarah Palin

Sunday, January 09, 2011

If there's one thing we learned from the awful shooting in Tucson on Saturday, in case we didn't know already, Sarah Palin makes some liberals completely lose their minds. It was about 10 minutes after the shooting was announced that Markos Moulitsas of the liberal website Daily Kos, last seen advancing political discourse by writing a book comparing conservatives to terrorists, linked to a map on the Sarah Palin website which featured crosshairs "targeting" Gabrielle Giffords' district in the last election. Obviously, then, Sarah Palin was responsible for the shooting.

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Violent Political Language Did Not Cause Representative Giffords' Shooting

Saturday, January 08, 2011

As we follow the developments in Arizona around the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, we're gathering opinion and reaction from a variety of It's A Free Country contributors. Blogger Solomon Kleinsmith submitted this piece late Saturday night.

The tragic news coming out of Arizona has dominated the news this weekend, and both ends of the political spectrum are jumping all over the issue, trying to use it to their own selfish political ends. Heaven forbid a tragedy like this ever go to waste...

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