Blame game does no good when dealing with senseless tragedy

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

Sarah Palin did not kill six people. Rush Limbaugh did not shoot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Sean Hannity did not attack fellow Americans outside a supermarket.

Jared Lee Loughner did.

To imply or claim anything else is irresponsible, reckless and libelous.

To blame—either implied or outright—anyone else for Loughner’s brutal and horrific actions should be criminal.

Lawmakers, pundits, reporters and columnists who think it’s appropriate to dole out blame based on the theory of guilty-by-political-rhetoric are idiots.

There’s no need to sugarcoat it or mince words—they’re idiots.

They should be embarrassed. They should be fired. And, as far as I’m concerned, they should be sued for libel, slander and stupidity.

As it is in most cases, the left continues to exist in a blissful state of irony, where personal responsibility and culpability are fleeting. Why should a mass murderer be responsible for his own actions when we can just blame Palin instead?

Heck, why would anyone take responsibility for his own actions when he’s given Glenn Beck on a silver platter? Maybe Loughner saw a secret message on Beck’s chalkboard that told him to do it.

Perhaps they should have consulted me before placing blame on the right.

Why me? Because I believe I can offer some context.

I’ve been blessed as to never had to deal with a tragedy such as this on a personal level, but I’ve written about it—many, many times.

I bet if the blame-Republicans-brigade sat through a rape trial, listened to heart-wrenching testimony of two teenage girls as they fought through tears to relive the darkest moments of their young lives, they just might change their tone.

I wonder if Rep. Bob Filner, who was quick to blame Republicans, ever had to write about the death of a child. I’ve done it more times than I can count, but, I promise you, it never gets any easier.

It’s easy to place undue blame or vilify people to fulfill something within each of us that we don’t quite understand.

I’ve heard many people comment on the strange, deranged look Loughner has in his mug shot. I’ve seen that look before. It’s the eyes. They belie an evil that makes his you-know-what-eating grin so villainous.

Like I said, I’ve seen it many times before.

Everyone always wants to know why—it’s human nature, I suppose. But that answer is best left to God, not to any of us, because we may never get our answers.

I covered enough senseless, brutal acts to know this. Just last week, speaking to middle school students for a career day, they asked me what was the saddest thing I’ve ever had to cover.

It was three years ago last fall. The details of the double murder-suicide were later shared with me by one of the first to respond. The disgusting, haunting details never made it on these pages—instead, they are etched into my mind, where I don’t anticipate they will ever be completely removed.

I used to ask why. I’ve since stopped. There’s a strength and peace that comes with resigning yourself to the fact that you will never understand certain senseless acts—that they’re just that, senseless.

I understand wanting to place blame, wanting to get answers. But that doesn’t help anyone. It certainly offers no comfort to a mother who just buried her 9-year-old daughter.

I expected Second Amendment rights to come under fire after the shooting—it happens after every tragic shooting. But I didn’t expect innocent people to be blamed for this.

The repercussions of this shooting far outreach Arizona and even the lives of those affected.

If an elected representative can’t meet with constituents on a sunny, Saturday morning in a public place, then our democracy is in grave danger.

Six lives were lost, 12 others injured and countless more lives forever changed.

There’s enough hurt and anger here to last as a lifetime.

Let’s not add any more.