Re: letters about the Arizona shooting (TNT, 1-11).
After gagging with revulsion in reaction to the scurrilous, reprehensible letters, I decided to respond with some sanity and truth.
Many of the children who take a gun to school do so because they have deep-seated anger and fear; low self-esteem; and feelings of being marginalized by teachers, principals and their peers. To blame the whole country for their problems is wrong and grossly unfair.
Blaming Sarah Palin’s use of so-called cross hairs is wrong. That symbol is used on topographical maps. It is not from a telescopic rifle. Bob Beckel, a Democratic campaign adviser, has used bull’s-eyes to target political districts for emphasis.
Political rhetoric had nothing to do with Jared Loughner’s horrific act. He is a deeply disturbed young man who reads communist/socialist literature. That and his delusions led him to his despicable act.
Too many people in authority did nothing to see that he received psychiatric counseling. The sheriff’s department, his teachers and his parents stood by, wringing their hands, while he descended further and further into a psychotic maelstrom.