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After shooting, right wing is on defensive

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Well, the right wing is scrambling for cover, that’s for sure, what with a Democratic congresswoman having been gunned down by a guy who allegedly declared in a video, “No! I won’t pay debt with a currency that’s not backed by gold or silver,” which is one of the regular cries of the more fervent brethren of the right. Don’t blame us, they say. It wasn’t us, it was a lone crackpot. Same with the ...

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January 11, 2011
6:21 a.m.

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As a gun owner and conservative, I can't entirely disagree with you. I have advocated for years that, instead of licensing guns, we should license gun owners. One should definitely need a training course, a background check and a psych evaluation before being allowed to possess an efficient killing tool like a Glock.
But I have to call you out on that 2004 American Journal of Epidemiology study. A gun is an excellent tool for killing humans. If one decides to kill somebody (including oneself) and there's a gun available, that's the tool one will use. In homes without guns, one is forced to resort to less efficient tools such as edged weapons, blunt instruments, poison, strangulation, defenestration, etc.
The worst thing that could come out of this tragedy is further restrictions on the First and Second Amendments; that will only make the paranoid fantasies of the wackos on the far Right- and far Left- come true. And that will lead to more extremism and violence.

January 11, 2011
8:18 a.m.
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January 11, 2011
10:23 a.m.

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I see that you listened to Fox news at times since the shooting. I've had it on some, too, but, I've heard a couple of different stories on it that you seem to have missed and may want to research some before your next column blasting Fox. One of the stories I heard several times yesterday - and today - was about the college that the alleged shooter attended, scared some students and a teacher and it took at least a month before the student was not allowed to return to the class. The college sent the parents a letter explaining why the student was not allowed to return to the class, but, no follow up was done. I also heard a story about a WalMart employee who, on the morning of the shooting refused to sell the alleged shooter ammunition because the shooter was acting oddly. At another WalMart the shooter was sold the ammunition. AZ has a large backlog of people with mental health issues who have files that should have been sent to the FBI data base so they could not be sold guns. We have laws in existence that could help prevent tragedies like the AZ shooting, but, the laws are not followed. Instead of writing more laws, how about enforcing the ones we do have? BTW I don't own a gun, but, I don't care if my neighbor has one as long as he follows the laws in existence to get one and CAREFULLY keep one (thinking of the tragedy involving 2 12 yr olds locally, as well as the AZ tragedy).
I also advise you to read George Will's column in your own paper today. I applaud the Gazette for having THIS column to tone down the anger expressed by you - it's own writer.

January 11, 2011
11:17 a.m.

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Remember, guns don't kill people; gaping holes in vital organs kill people.

January 11, 2011
12:01 p.m.

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With a population of about 300 million, the US must have a huge number of "disturbed" people. There have been many slaughterings over the years..similiar to this. One of the more famous was nice young man who one day took the elevator to the tower of a Texas university and shot about a dozen people...then himself. No clues why. Typical of most cases.
However this disaster is different. The shooter over the years had developed a hatrid for this Senator [obviously politcally motivated ] which seemed to have taken control of his mental being. Not much "random" in this tragedy

January 11, 2011
2:33 p.m.

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Phrases such as "don't retreat, reload" gets people all worked up and has an adverse affect on mentally challenged people who feel people like Sarah Palin are speaking directly to them... giving them an order so to speak. The problem is where to draw the line between our freedom of speech and our need to keep our mouths shut and maintain peace! How about adapting that old and true saying... if you don't have something nice to say about someone, don't say anything!

January 11, 2011
7:40 p.m.

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The fact that you called Congresswoman Giffords a senator rather than a congressman, as well as the rest of the ramblings and misspellings in your post show how misinformed you, and those who blame anyone other than the shooter are.

NYgirl 16,

The shooter had been stalking Congresswoman Giffords since 2007, long before most of the nation ever heard of Sarah Palin. If you don't like Palin, come out and say it, but unfounded accusations and outright lies show how desperate the left wing is

January 11, 2011
10:45 p.m.

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Though it's been reported that the shooters facebook page (or maybe it was his myspace page) listed Sarah Palin and the Tea Party as influences (these pages have since been taken down, so I'm unable to verify), that's certainly not a complete picture of this kid.

His youtube page, which does still exist (, lists a lot of "liberal" books among his favorites: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Pulp, Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver's Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.

Mein Kampf aside, that looks a lot like my college reading list!

The creepy flag burning video on this page also appears to be his:

January 11, 2011
11:54 p.m.

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Yes this is the right wings fault and Sara palin along with rush and beck made him do it. Shut down talk radio, shut down fox news, make new laws about the way we are allowed to speak and there will never be a mentally ill person who acts out in violence ever again. They should make it illegal to kill people and this never would have happened. Oh wait they tried that and there are still sick evil people out there who kill. So go ahead use this incident to further your own political agenda and cast blame on everyone but the sick fool who did this. The fact is that their are some homicidal mentally ill people out there and either illness or evil is to blame. So get off your high horse and stop trying to use this tragedy for the gain of whatever politics you subscribe too.

January 12, 2011
8:08 a.m.

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Wow! what a comand of the english language Mr. Strock has....Like, Gun freaks (mentioned two times), Fox propaganda, gun freakery, right-wing wackness, gun owner fantasy, and the right's gun fnatasies. Yes, Cark you sure know how to slant a topic. No,your not anti gun ownership are you? Some day you just might want to look at a topic and write a BALANCED article.

January 17, 2011
4:44 a.m.

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It will never be possible to stop every unhinged person from committing awful crimes. But in the wake of the Tucson tragedy, we should be talking about how to provide more mental-health care to those who display signs of needing it, not having a debate about whether rhetoric on TV and Twitter killed those six people.

Read more:

January 18, 2011
11:33 a.m.

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Strock continues with the same old drivel about conservative talk radio and Fox and Palin and Bush ad nausea. Everything he writes is taken directly from the 'Leftist Half-Truths and Strategies manual.' He could get a lot more information and possibly even something different to change his plagiaristic column from the Cloward-Piven spewings. He is humorous.