More on the Giffords shooting

From the Sheriff:

“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,” he said. “And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”

From Giffords, before the shooting:

“For example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action,” Giffords said in an interview with MSNBC.

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6 thoughts on “More on the Giffords shooting

  1. Thank you for quoting these words from the Sheriff! Hopefully, others will make the connections, too, rather than dismissing the shooter as a “lone wolf” who was acting on his own without any connection to the rhetoric of others… This whole incident reminded me of an article in Ms Magazine recently, which looked at the political ties of anti-abortionists who murdered people. They were largely dismissed as sole actors. Ms. showed it’s otherwise. The article is here: http://www.msmagazine.com/spring2010/lonewolf.asp

  2. I am in Tucson. The lack of outragage by the women I’ve talked to is chilling. The statistics have not changed: of all the people that kill women, 99% are men. Look at the highschool murderers, since Columbine, who shoot their classmates. All of them are boys. Look at who kills women and men – the overwhelming majority are men. A woman is an easy target because she is worth less. That is what all boys, who grow up to be men, are taught. I went to the local women’s bookstore yesterday, to see who I coud contact to do an action on violence against women, and the woman on staff said, ‘Oh, this isn’t about that – it’s political’.

    Of course, that’s exactly what it is.
    On the one women’s radio show in Tucson, KXCI, the announcer asked us to pray for the family of the gunman, ‘he must be someone very ill’. This was less than one hour ago! I feel like screaming. Where are the feminists?!

  3. The first petition i’ve come across asking Sarah Palin to stop using “shooting images” in her rhetoric is up at Credo Action. When i signed it, they had already adjusted their signature goal, which seems to indicate the level of outrage and the making of connections (contrary, fortunately, to my expectations…).

  4. Julia,

    The vast majority of shooting victims are men. Wouldn’t this then indicate that all boys who grow up to be men believe that men are easy targets because they are worth less? (If it wasn’t clear, I’m pretty sure this is not a very good argument.) Not all shootings of women occur because the shooter has it in for women, or interprets women as easy targets. Sometimes, women just happen to be there, and sometimes the target just happens to be a woman (i.e. the target is harmed for reasons pertaining to herself, but not for being a woman).

    In this case, I would caution against trying to find coherent reasoning behind, or easy answers for (e.g. “he’s crazy/mentally ill”, etc.), these actions, especially at this early date. They are wrong and unacceptable, and that’s enough for now, I think.

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