Jared Loughner shot Gabrielle Giffords through the brain. From the moment I read the story, the only true fact that can be ascertained is that simple statement. Currently, there are people on the left blaming “right wing extremists” for this action, and then we have those on the right suggesting left wing ties.
In the meantime, we have people posting their rambling rants while pointing fingers saying: “AH-HA! This is why he did it.” It can be certain that none of these “analysts” have psychology degrees, nor have they spent any time with the shooter; therefore, it is not possible for any of the couch analysts to determine anything at all.
What is perhaps more horrifying is the political jockeying already underway. From the changing of the gunman’s name throughout the day from “Jared Loughner” to “Jared Lee Loughner” to the description of his gun as an “assault pistol” with an “extended magazine.” We have seen these catch phrases used by those pushing gun control. Does it really matter what type of gun he shot Gabrielle Giffords through the brain with? Does that really help to report what happened? Not at all. Wikipedia has been inundated with political innuendo in its posting of the shooting. Fortunately, and to its credit, these items have been taken down, but seeing some of the postings before they are taken down brings up the next point.
Currently, the people of the United States are being spun into a vortex that leads to complete government control over their lives. From the Non-Terrorist “terrorism” that has enabled corporatists to deliver $14 Billion dollars in sales funded by money that was supposed to “Stimulate the whole of the economy” to “Internet Safety Bills,” to “Fairness Doctrines” designed to keep commentators from gaining too much power. It does not help that government has been spinning economic news so as to paint a rosier picture than what reality happens to be, and given the fact that more people are seeing reality, the more Unconstitutional power has to be given to various bureaucracies. Take for example the new FCC regulations on the internet, and the expanse of power against the internet from the Commerce Department.
This event seems to help our nation step in the direction of complete corporatist fascism the likes of which resemble Italy under Mussolini. Some in our nation have been doing their best to steer us in that direction, but events like this one allow them to say things like: “We just need more power to protect the people of the United States. We will not take more than is necessary, we will not keep it longer than necessary.” Do we really want to live under a fascist regime, or do we wish to live as a free people?