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Arizona Shooting: Who Is To Blame?

The shooting that took place in Arizona was an absolute tragedy.  A lot of blame is being tossed around and I feel some are unfair accusations.

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Now normally I can’t stand Rush Limbaugh and his crazy right wing broadcasts.  However today I am backing him up as a fellow broadcaster.  Rush is taking a lot of heat right now from the left because they are saying he is to blame for the tragic shooting in Arizona this past weekend.  Why is he to blame?  Because he supposedly put the idea in the shooters head.  Now Rush isn’t the only one being blamed.  Fellow right wing broadcaster Glenn Beck is also falling under scrutiny as well as former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

These accusations are  absurd.  The fact of the matter is there are a lot of deranged people out there that are going to act on their own crazy ideas.  Never once would anyone in the broadcast field condone killing anyone.  Rush and Beck may not like how the left is handling things in Washington but they aren’t about to promote violence.  Rush has said before that half of the things he says is for show and you shouldn’t take him too seriously.  As far as blaming Palin goes, what does she have to do with anything.  She may be dumb as a box of rocks but I don’t ever remember her telling people to go get your gun and take back America.  Last I knew she was busy raising her family and occasionally making an appearance on  FOX news.

This takes me back to the Columbine shootings.  Instead of just coming out and saying that these kids were not operating correctly they immediately jump all over Marilyn Manson and Eminem.  Now Eminem is a bit violent in his lyrics, but Manson is just as harmless as Alice Cooper back in the day.  Everyone is looking for someone to blame when tragedy strikes. The parents, pop culture, whatever is an easy target at the time.  When it comes down to it there are crazy people out there that are going to do crazy things.  Have you seen this Loughner guy?  Dude is a picture of crazy.  I’m sure he didn’t hear some broadcast and think, “hey, I need to go shoot some people!”  This had to be stewing in his mind for quite a while.  Lets stop blaming other people and just hold him accountable for his actions.

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