Arizona links

Like so many others, I’m heartsick about the shootings on Saturday in Tucson. I know people who went to school with and were friends of Gabby Giffords when she was at nearby Scripps College, and I join millions of others in praying hard for the full recovery of the youngest woman ever elected to the US House. As for her politics, I was and am more of a fan of her colleague in Southern Arizona, the feisty environmentalist, Rep. Raul Grijalva. But Giffords is perhaps the closest thing to a progressive who could win in the deeply divided 8th district. May she have many years of service ahead of her.

Here are five pieces on the shooting I think are worth reading:

Katrina vanden Heuvel, writing in the Washington Post, on what matters: the violent imagery at Palin’s Web site should be of less concern than the real cross hairs of guns readily available across the land; the vitriol of politics of less concern than the shrinking opportunities in our economy; the passions of partisans less dangerous than the absence of help for the mentally unstable among us.

Larry McMurtry, a Tucson resident and so often a voice of reason and calm in the West, writing in the New York Review of Books

William Saletan, writing in Slate, on how the ubiquity of guns just makes things worse rather than having the potential to end tragedies like Tucson

James Fallows, writing in the Atlantic, on the cloudy politics of political shootings

Jill Filipovic, writing at Feministe, urging fellow liberals to pursue a more civil dialogue without falling prey to the siren song of restrictions on speech

And my own post from 2007, written in the aftermath of Virginia Tech, noting that the system that failed Cho Seung-Hui, Jared Laughner and their many victims does sometimes work.

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4 thoughts on “Arizona links

  1. I’ve seen Jill Filipovic’s Facebook, she has got to be the hottest feminist blogger in the world. Have you met her, Hugo?

  2. Nice work Hugo. Being Scottish, this story terrifies and saddens me. I still can’t quite understand how people can buy and conceal weapons designed only to kill people when the British need to use ID to buy a knife and and our police have blunt sticks rather than firearms. I’m so glad to see someone else recognises that this tragedy would not have happened had he not had access to firearms but somehow it’s the fault of Palin/Beck/Democrats/Republicans/Tea Party instead…

  3. “the violent imagery at Palin’s Web site should be of less concern than the real cross hairs of guns readily available across the land; the vitriol of politics of less concern than the shrinking opportunities in our economy; the passions of partisans less dangerous than the absence of help for the mentally unstable among us.”

    Even though I don’t like her writing in general, I think this is spot on.

  4. The focus should be on MENTAL ILLNESS as that is what the issue is about and nothing else. It bothers me that it seems it turned into nothing more again than shameless political posturing. It is about mental illness and if anyone wants more information about it I would suggest that they start researching at NAMI.org. The man suffers from schizophrenia, considered one of the worst mental illnesses. The college knew he posed a problem–one wonders why they didn’t do more or act sooner? Why do so many people look away when the evidence is staring them in the face?

    The other main issue is that all states, but one are facing huge budget deficits and that means cutting programs for mental illness. This has been going on for quite some time as money is diverted from being used to fund programs for mental illness to other uses. It’s no secret to anyone who works within mental health that prisons are filled with people who suffer from mental illness.

    Providing bus fares to the mentally ill so that they can relocate to another state and be that state’s problem has been going on for quite some time–it’s been reported many times on 60 minutes. And so it will continue until the next incident when people will talk and nothing else. When will the next Columbine happen? When will the next University killing spree happen. The issue is mental illness.

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