No sooner had the story begun to unravel than the blame game began. Both sides have opportunistically blamed everybody imaginable for the tragedy, the crazies in the Kansas Baptist church will be out in force to picket the sanctity of the dead, and even the legal immigration status of the staffer who saved Congresswoman Giffords' life was called into question.
I am saddened that political potshots flew before even a half-mast of respect could be flown from our great nation's Capitol. And irregardless of the obvious fact that one insane young person is the responsible party for a premeditated assassination attempt and massacre, that did not stop the hateful rhetoric. No, I do not think the term "crosshairs" should have been part of the Palin political machine; neither do I believe that it is appropriate to debate gun control today, the school's alleged negligence of a troubled young man, immigration statuses of heroes who ran toward gunfire or whether or not we need to suddenly arm all members of Congress before we bury our dead and tend to the wounded of body and spirit.
Do you think for once we might fall on our knees in a moment of silence and respect before we open our mouths?
What has happened to common decency and respect for human suffering?
Civility is needed, hateful rhetoric must stop and disgraceful discourse at a time like this not only incites more violence, it also lowers the scale of hope and carries all of us down a road of many more impromptu makeshift memorials. I am so tired of seeing candlelight vigils and tears in my country.
All because one person chose violence.
God help us.