I have been asked publicly and privately to remove my previous posting. Why should I not call out other bloggers, or others use the internet to fan the flames of already bad situation? On-line commentators have already citing the political climate as the cause of the tragedy that occurred Saturday. As of me writing this, there are no hard facts connecting partisan politics to the alleged shooter.
In the absence of solid facts some people tend to jump to conclusions especially if that conclusion supports their believes. All of us, myself included, in the on-line community must be careful, that what we post is clearly an opinion, supported by facts. not the other way around.
While I may not agree with CBS’s Bob Schieffer often, I do agree with his commentary on this morning Face the Nation:
To para-phrase, words can be dangerous things and they must be used with caution, on the air and on-line.
On March 30, 1981 a gentleman fired six rounds wounding four people
The shooter’s name was John Hinckly Jr.
The four wounded were:
- James Brady
- Thomas Delahanty
- Timothy McCathy
- Ronald Regan
The assassination attempt had nothing to do with politics or Reaganomics, rather something a bit more personal, It was an effort to impress and maybe meet an actress, Jodi Foster. At the time most of us got our news through the radio, television, and newspapers, By the time news got to us it had been vetted, filtered, and fully prepared for us. Today we get raw news as it happens, Sometimes without that filtering we see things are are not there and don’t see things that are.
We don’t know what motivated Jared Loughner to carry out this tragedy, we (the on-line community) must be very careful not to read into evidence that is just not there.
Congress on your Corner
What a great idea! I’m sure most of us have heard of the legislate coffees, and cracker barrels when the legislature is in session, this appears to be a version of the same idea. Getting those that have been elected to office, to (re-)connect with the people that elected them. I applaud Congresswoman Giffords for holding these type of events, in the open, where everyone is welcome to voice their opinion.
The politico is reporting that Congresswoman Giffords did not have a security detail, even after her office in Tuscon was vandalized. Congresswoman Giffords repeatedly professed to be unconcerned about her own safety. With the tragic events of Saturday morning I have to wonder will members of congress try to isolate themselves further from the general public, citing security concerns? Will our state legislators take extra precautions? Will local officials step up their security?
As I had mentioned before, once new lawmakers take their oath, they seems disconnected from the people they represent, that could be because they get very busy, or out concern for their personal safety. I hope our all our lawmakers know and understand that we don’t want them to fail, quite the opposite we want to them succeed, and we are here to help them.