It's not political craziness that makes someone kill; it's craziness that makes crazies kill.
I've been watching the unfolding of the shooting spree in Arizona -- including the head-shot of United States Congresswoman Gabby Giffords -- in horror for hours on-end. I've listened as one expert after the next releases statements about the "wakeup call for America," to conduct politics without violence. I've watched politician after politician speaking on-air about how the media needs to stop positioning polarizing politics. I even watched the Tea Party Express defend themselves as victims before blame had ever been cast. All of what they are saying about the scary state of politics and unbecoming banter is true, but it's not what caused 19 people to be shot today.
Mental illness is to blame today. Mental distress is to blame today; not politics, not guns, not even Sarah Palin's stupid chart.
If it was cancer, Jared Lee Loughner would have gotten help. If he had blindess he'd have been offered help. If it was fear, he would have been helped. Somehow, this schizophrenic 22-year-old unstable man in deep mental distress wasn't given help. Blame the lack of psychiatric intervention. Blame his inability to seek mental help. Hell, blame his family. But don't blame politics and media for this man's clear mental illness.
Strange rants on YouTube, odd postings to MySpace and, according to classmates, frequent nonsensical outbursts somehow went under reported and written-off as creepy or weird. This man - this assassin - murdered from a place of mental illness, not a place on the Palin altar.
The first report I heard today was that a Palin right-winged freak killed a Democratic Congresswoman point-blank in the face. Gifford's father, when asked if his daughter had any enemies said, "Yes, the whole Tea Party." Well sure, but that's politics. This crazed man did not act on behalf of the Tea Party; he acted on behalf of a part of his mind that is non-functional.
Mental illness goes often undetected, pushed off as depression or weirdness or a loner.
Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be Mein Kampf freaks.