With the recent shocking news of the shooting of Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, it’s like deja vu all over again. My first thoughts were that this incident was related to all the woes in the state of Arizona concerning immigration rulings and that it most likely was an non-US citizen that broke down and committed the act. However, it was one of our own.
The deja vu comes in when I remember back to my initial opinions upon hearing of the Oklahoma City bombing and that it was in all likelihood a foreign terrorist strike. Again, it was one of us. Similar news stories, like the recent military base shootings and the Washington D.C. area sniper in the not so distant past, cause me to recognize a strange pattern. It’s true that throughout history there has been internal conflict not only our country but every nation in the world, but in light of the 9/11 attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as our economic conditions, these events seem to have more of a rattling impact.
Sure, there were many signs that this Jared Lee Loughner kid was a potential “snap” case (meth freak in my opinion), but if our authorities had to act upon every seemingly strange piece of evidence in today’s society, there would be no resources left to apply to anything else.
I feel certain about one thing, these types of events will soon increase dramatically, especially with the influx of our troops returning from multiple tours of duty in the mid-east. Hopefully I’m wrong on that as well.
There is a famous quote from a famous person, not sure who because many have been credited with the phrase, but it was something along the lines of “we have found the enemy, and they are us”.
Was it fair to take a state criminal to the state fair? Maybe, maybe not, but it was insane!
“… Theres a killer on the road
His brain is squirmin like a toad
Take a long holiday
Let your children play
If ya give this man a ride
Sweet memory will die
Killer on the road, yeah …”
– Jim Morrison