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I wasn’t going to weigh in on the shooting in Tucson, AZ because… Use your voice like a BIG BOY!!!

January 9, 2011

I wasn’t going to weigh in on the shooting in Tucson, AZ because everyone and their grandmother are expressing condolences, so what’s one more right? Every expression counts, don’t ever believe your voice need not be heard. Anytime something like this happens we all need to rally with those affected and against those that caused the action, like that dipshit Jared Lee Loughner. Compassion is a strong emotion, with the proper intention compassion can have a great effect. So with genuine sincerity, my condolences, and willful compassion, go out to all those affected by this tragedy.

I wasn’t going to weigh in on the shooting in Tucson, AZ because the blogosphere is already abuzz with enough reaction and commentary. F@%k that! Every single writer, speaker, blogger or whatever you call yourself, you have a voice and it needs to be heard. We cannot be silent when something so heinous happens. We cannot brush it aside as “just another incident, just another loony tunes freak accident, these things happen all the time.”

I wasn’t going to weigh in on the shooting in Tucson, AZ because the politics of it are unnecessary, there will be, and has been, enough politicking when it comes to this story. We all want to point the finger when something like this happens. We want to find out what the perpetrator was like, what was he influenced by, what books did he read, etc.

Now with the internet and social media it’s easy to fit someone into a box and say this is who they are. For instance, this wingnut Jared Lee Loughner has been thrown into the Tea Party box. He’s also been called a liberal, based on the fact he read a couple of books or some stupid crap like that. He’s even been labeled someone who is mentally deficient, my check mark has been placed in that box.

I know for myself, when I feel strongly about something, very little will change the way I feel about it. But, if I know the action or belief is incorrect, I have the intestinal fortitude to not follow through and do what is in the best interest of the parties involved. We like to call that a rational thought pattern, we think our stuff out before acting out.

The problem here is, Loughner being as mentally deficient as he is, is very susceptible to messages and rhetoric. For someone who is so impressionable, and already has an idea of what he believes in, he wants to feel like he’s part of something, something beyond himself, part of  “the  cause”. So with a mandate in hand, say something like a hitlist and the words “don’t retreat, RELOAD”, it becomes clear to those who are obsessed, it’s time for action not words.

I wasn’t going to weigh in on the shooting in Tucson, AZ because Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik’s words cannot be outdone. “All I can tell you is that there’s reason to believe that this individual may have a mental issue. And I think that people who are unbalanced are especially susceptible to vitriol.” He goes on to say “The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous…”  I agree sir, I agree with every breath I take. (See video of the press conference at the bottom of this blog entry, at about the 1:00 mark is where the good stuff starts)

My mom used to say something to me all the time while I was growing up, especially when I was really young and was whining a lot. She would tell me to “use my words like a big boy!” I think that advice is very sound advice for the state of our country. It’s time to put down the guns, set aside the bullshit and USE OUR WORDS LIKE A BIG BOY/ GIRL!


8 Comments leave one →
  1. m0ok permalink
    January 15, 2011 2:18 pm

    I’ve been disturbed by how the story has been reported here in Britain. The focus has been very much on the shocking shooting of the Representative, and the killing of 6 people is a side-detail.

  2. Jorge permalink
    January 14, 2011 1:41 pm

    Very sad indeed. People use words like there are no consequences to their speech. Once a tragedy like this happens, then the political pundits justify themselves and blame the “others”. There are no “others”, if we do not end with this illusion more people will suffer.
    My heart goes to the families affected by this tragedy. Everything has consequences, there are no isolated events, it is time to stop the dumb hate rhetoric.
    Very sad indeed.

  3. January 9, 2011 3:02 pm

    Now with the internet and social media it’s easy to fit someone into a box and say this is who they are. For instance, this wingnut Jared Lee Loughner has been thrown into the Tea Party box. He’s also been called a liberal, based on the fact he read a couple of books or some stupid crap like that. He’s even been labeled someone who is mentally deficient, my check mark has been placed in that box.

    I saw – god, on Twitter! – the most apt responses to this position I’ve seen yet, from some sociologist in Madison Wi, no less: blaming this on insanity is a form of “ableism,” which I take to mean the implicit denigration of those with disabilities. Furthermore, it occludes the fact that violence in America IS a social problem, and, I would also add, a public health problem (obviously Ms Giffords’ health has been greatly compromised by this violence).

    Otherwise, I agree.

  4. Debra permalink
    January 9, 2011 11:17 am

    Thank you for the great post.

    Yes, for a long time now, we just say whatever…and do not think that our words take root in someone’s mind…well, folks words hurt or heal.

    Somewhere along the path of this very perturbed individual, someone’s words hit a mark in him…gave him a reason to focus his violent thoughts into a target.

    And now…we have a sad and horrible situation. Of which no one wants to take responsibility of creating because …’they are only words, no one would possibly think to do anything violent’….as PM says….use your words ‘like a big boy/girl’ …all of our words matter….if they did not matter why would we use them?
    +++++++
    May all sentient beings be happy and have the causes of happiness.

    May all sentient beings be free from suffering and the causes if suffering.

    May all sentient beings never be separated from the happiness that is free from suffering.

    May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free attachment and detachment.

  5. January 9, 2011 10:53 am

    @Nate – Yea, Ditto!

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