Monday, January 10, 2011

Tuscon, Arizona Shooting

My prayers go out to the families of those killed and injured in the Tucson, Arizona shooting. Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, is fighting for her life. It is time for prayer, sorrow and sympathy for the families. It is not the time for public debate over whether gun laws or hateful politics was the cause of this shooting. That debate should come later not now.

I understand the emotional political comments coming out of Arizona blaming mean-spirited politics and gun control laws. And blaming Sarah Palin’s website that used gun site targets on a political map targeting democrats including the district represented by Gabrielle Giffords. Palin’s website was cleaned up immediately after the shooting. Did that suggest her website was inappropriate?

I don’t understand the “John Gormley Live” talk shows’ attempt today to determine the cause of this tragic shooting. The show launched needless assaults on the left in a dispute over blame. This was untimely and insensitive. Gormley said he predicted the left would blame the right. How is that comforting?

It is known that one individual is in custody charged with the shootings. The cause of the shootings is not known and will never be determined on any radio talk show. These matters are best left to the professionals.

The tragic deaths of this event, including those of an innocent nine-year-old child, are what really matter. My comments are submitted with heartfelt sympathy for all affected by this sad event.