When something goes wrong in my family, my initial, emotional reaction is often to look for someone to blame. Only after that am I able to comfort the “victims” (e.g., the six-year-old that just got knocked down or poked in the eye). As I gather myself, I become better able to address the situation in a reasonable manner.
I think a similar dynamic is at work in Tucson. In the wake of the tragedy that took place there over the weekend, it”s not altogether surprising that blame is extending well beyond the deranged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner. It”s especially disappointing that some of the commentary is politically motivated, as though “the Republicans” or “the Tea Party” or “the Democrats” are to blame for this. I think most people are put off by this outrageous, inflammatory rhetoric.
Occasions such as these should bring us together as a nation. We”ve had our initial emotional reaction. Now it”s time to mourn the dead, heal the wounded, support and comfort the victims” families, honor the heroes, and pray for all concerned. And then Loughner and any related societal issues can be addressed in a just and reasonable way. That”s my two cents’2012-04-24 18:32:16′ anyway.