Thursday, January 20, 2011

Episode 52. The Shooting of Congresswoman Giffords

Jared Loughner is either insane or evil for what he did. Why precisely did he target a U.S. Congresswoman? Why didn't he just open fire on a random crowd of people? It's an interesting question, I think.

In his warped or evil mind, he targeted her because he saw her as important. But what makes a Congresswoman important to citizens, more important than numerous other people who arguably have, or should have, much more influence upon their lives? Is the inflated importance, and power, of the federal government in part to blame? IN PART?

Collectivist commentators have used this incident to blame "right wing media" for inciting Loughner to commit this monstrous crime. And others bring up their tiresome arguments against the 2nd Amendment, ignoring the facts that punitive gun regulations are obeyed only by the law-abiding. Some even ridicule those who cite the 2nd Amendment as the peoples' last resort in the case of a tyrannical government. They're barking up the wrong tree. They attack a bedrock American principle. The 2nd Amendment isn't about hunting, or even self-defense. It's about protecting our liberties.

It's all explained in the Declaration of Independence. To quote Annie Savoy, "You could look it up!"

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