Jon Stewart Elegantly Comments On The Arizona Shootings
I’ve been trying to figure out how to handle the Arizona shooting situation. I typically don’t like to comment on politics, but this is a huge tragedy that will permeate the media for months to come. Being a mother of an eight-year old, my stomach literally wrenches every time I think about the nine-year old girl (Christina Green) who was senselessly killed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. (Adding salt to the wound is the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, the scourge of Kansas, which has declared that they will picket the poor girls funeral.)
I am particularly sickened by the immediate finger pointing that has taken place on both sides of the political spectrum. One person, and one person alone is responsible for the slaughter that occurred in Arizona. That person is Jared Lee Loughner. He is obviously greatly disturbed, but to blame Sarah Palin or any other politician for his actions is absurd. Those who pin the blame on her are giving her far too much power.
It’s similar to the people (conspiracy theorists) who maintained that George W. Bush is the biggest dumbass to have ever graced the earth, yet was capable of pulling off the collapse of the twin towers just so he could go to war for oil. You can’t have it both ways. By the way, last time I checked gas was almost $3 a gallon. Clearly his master plan went swimmingly.
I think that movies and television are a far more rational target, though I don’t condone making them a target. Violence has escalated in both mediums, and the average American watches 28 hours of television a week. It is estimated that the average child will watch 8,000 murders on television by the time they get out of elementary school. That is not to say that television (or movies) breed sociopaths. I have watched every horror/slasher/torture porn movie that I can get my hands on, and I have trouble killing a spider when my kids scream about one in their room.
I’ve also heard rumblings that if we had better healthcare, this wouldn’t have happened. That’s ridiculous. If Loughner is truly a paranoid schizophrenic (which seems to be the case), the most comprehensive healthcare in the world might not have made a difference. Schizophrenics are notoriously difficult to treat, because they don’t believe that they are ill. They go on meds, feel better, go off meds because they feel better, and the cycle begins again. Short of committing them to an institution, there is not a lot that can be done, unless the individual in question agrees to treatment.
Let’s place the blame squarely where it belongs, on Loughner. I really like what Stewart has to say about the tragedy, because it is rational, and closely aligned with my own feelings.
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