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SHOOTING: Time for sanity

Letter by Patrick J. Watson, Federal Way on Jan. 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm with 21 Comments »
January 12, 2011 4:01 pm

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.

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  1. hortonpeak says:

    Mr. Watson your letter is neither sane nor truthful. You are simply trying to say, “well both sides” … yada, yada. You say Palin has nothing to do with this but then point out the “communistic/socialistic” literature he read — supposedly. Nice try, but I am afraid you sir are part of the problem and interject no sanity nor truth. Cheers.

  2. Perhaps all would be better off if Sheriff Dupnik spent more time worrying about guys like the shooter and less time about Rush Limbaugh. The shooter had been manifesting signs of psychosis in public for months prior to the shooting and never had a mental health evaluation. That may be someone’s fault but not Rush Limbaugh’s or Sarah Palin’s. That old dog won’t hunt.

  3. hortonpeak says:

    Simple question you all. Osama bin Ladin did not fly any airplane into anything. Is he responsible for 9/11 at some level? Cheers.

  4. Yeah, the same way someone is if he hires someone to commit murder. Hope that helps.

  5. That symbol is used on topographical maps. It is not from a telescopic rifle.</I.

    Which is why Palin introduced the "Don't retreat, reload" slogan at the same time….

  6. truthbusterguy says:

    A good letter for a citizen with a prespective of fairness.

    Lets learn from this and move on. Not let a nut dirve the policy of this country.

  7. hortonpeak says:

    To Truth(wtf)guy. Is that a metric or US standard nut or is it a cashew or almond? Damn I am so confused. Please, please I am awaiting your help.

  8. Patrick wrote: “That symbol is used on topographical maps. It is not from a telescopic rifle.”
    You and those who want to believe you are wrong. The American Surveyor Society has issued a statement denying that.
    I am afraid you bought into Palin’s PR statement where they tried to cover their …….
    Did you listen to the President’s speech tonight?

  9. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

    The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping Reacts to Claim That the Crosshairs on Sarah Palin’s Website are “Surveyor Marks”

    The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and the National Society of Professional Surveyors, national associations for professional surveyors, note that the assertion from Sarah Palin’s staff that the images on her SarahPAC map are really “surveyor marks” is itself “off the mark”.

    Chairman of the ACSM/NSPS Joint Government Affairs Committee, John Matonich, PS stated that the actual connection to surveying represented by the marks on the SarahPAC map is that their appearance is similar to the view one would see when looking through the scope of some surveying instruments, which have horizontal and vertical crosshairs used for sighting.

    Surveyors marks (often referred to as “monuments”) are used to identify a specific location on the surface of the earth, representing either/or its horizontal and vertical geographic position, and often including some information about the data associated with the mark. Typically, these marks do not resemble the ones shown on the SarahPAC map.

    “To claim that the crosshairs on the SarahPAC map are really “surveying marks” is hard to understand”, Matonich says.

    About ACSM —The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) was founded in June 1941 and is incorporated as a non-profit educational organization whose goal is to advance the sciences of surveying and mapping and related fields, in furtherance of the welfare of those who use and make maps. ACSM also encourages the development of educational programs and supports publications that represent the professional and technical interests of surveying and mapping.

    ACSM contact: Curtis W. Sumner, LS, Executive Director; curtis.sumner@acsm.net, 240-632-9716, ext. 106

  10. bobcat1a says:

    “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.”

    Let’s inspect this statement: “political rhetoric” didn’t cause the shooting….BUT…”communist/socialist literature” …”led him to his despicable act.”
    Usually Patrick, internal consistency is the mark of a logical argument.

  11. I do not think we will find a direct link to any language used by politicians and the shooting. However, I do think it is not helpful for the unity we need now as a nation to conquer the issues facing us to have incindiary language thrown about. I thought President Obama’s speech in AZ hit the mark while Palin’s showed lack of leadership ability, focused on herself as the victim instead of those in Tucson and threw out more divisive rhetoric with that strange “blood libel” reference. That term has had a very specific meaning from the Middle Ages until the 1990’s with the cult of the Catholic Church in Austria that continued venerating icons of children supposedly killed by Jews for secret rites. The cult and the use of the term was banned by the Archbishop of Vienna in 1990 for church purposes (the only place it was ever used anymore except in written histories), and it should not have been dredged up by Palin’s speech writers. “False accusation” would have made her point without enflaming passions and appearing to place herself in the same position as a victim of the Holocaust.

  12. I thought her statement was actually good. But her use of the term “blood libel” may have been ill advised. Too bad it’s going to be the focus of a good statement.

    Thought this interesting. In a nutshell, if a person hates Palin… they are gonna continue to hate Palin.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/dailycaller/20110113/pl_dailycaller/dershowitzothersdefendpalinsuseofbloodlibel

  13. Palin had a right to defend herself, but I wish she had just remained quiet at this time. It’s hard to sit back and hear the mob raging outside your door though and she made a very handy scapegoat in this instance.

  14. sharkie69 says:

    velmak says:
    January 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm
    Perhaps all would be better off if Sheriff Dupnik spent more time worrying about guys like the shooter and less time about Rush Limbaugh. The shooter had been manifesting signs of psychosis in public for months prior to the shooting and never had a mental health evaluation. That may be someone’s fault but not Rush Limbaugh’s or Sarah Palin’s. That old dog won’t hunt.

    Does your suggestion come under the category of “smaller government” and “less government intrusion in our lives”?

  15. sharkie69 says:

    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. “

    Then Sarah followed it up with “survey the congressional districts and level the terrain”

    Maybe if Sarah would learn that her mouth is her biggest enemy……

    Freedom of Speech is great, but you own what you say.

  16. Unfortunately, some of the most outspoken members of the “Party of Individual Responsibility” act like sullen teenagers who resent any limits and feel persecuted when they are expected to take responsibility for their words and deeds.

  17. Mr. Watson you are hate filled and ignorant and therefore, part of the problem.

  18. “Someone who thinks he knows how others think is a fool.”

  19. Roncella says:

    Polago, the dems., who you fully support used a map marked with bulls eyes on the states they were hoping to win in, both sides used weapon/ language to describe what they are trying to accomplish.

    A major cable channel showed both examples by both dems. and republs..

  20. What comment of mine are you addressing, Roncella?

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