January 11, 2011
The blame game has begun in the horrible Arizona shooting that killed six and wounded more than a dozen others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The Pima County sheriff blames intense political rhetoric. Others blame lax gun laws in Arizona. Some blame cable TV, talk radio and social networks like Facebook and Myspace.
The gunman has been a problem for some time. A teacher at the local community college tried to get him expelled from her classroom. The administration refused, probably fearing a lawsuit. Police visited his house where he lived with his parents. Nothing happened.
John McCain blamed the gunman, suggesting he has true moral guilt for his act. McCain is right.
We've always had verbal combat about and by politicians. President Kennedy was murdered by a left-wing Soviet sympathizer. James Garfield and William McKinley were killed—one by an anarchist, the other because he was rejected for a federal job.
Those with agendas are coming forward and trying to impose them. Watch out for them.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.