Politically Frustrated: Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik could not hide his anger at the 'vitriol' that he said may have caused the already-unstable gunman to react by going on a shooting rampage as he spoke at a press conference. Image Credit: Reuters
Sheriff Dupnik And The Malice Of The Accusatory Left
It is definitely tragic that a young man, born of politically connected parents, who had a history of arrests for acting out, without developing a record, showed up at a public meeting set by a recently re-elected Congresswoman and with malice in his heart started pouring bullets into those that had gathered to share thoughts about their community.
What has nearly the same level of malice is the initial and continuing statements of those in our country who are politically left, liberal, progressive, and of the Democrat Political Party.
Within two hours of this tragic event (as pointed out by news commentator, Sean Hannity), perpetrated by the then unidentified Jared Lee Loughner, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman penned:
We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was. She’s been the target of violence before. And for those wondering why a Blue Dog Democrat, the kind Republicans might be able to work with, might be a target, the answer is that she’s a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona, precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist.
You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.
Further, and this might be a bit more troubling, Clarence Dupnik, the Pima County Sheriff started to appear on news programs to talk about the law enforcement efforts to take control and report the facts of what transpired on the ground ... began to make accusations in the same tone set by Paul Krugman, an OP-ED columnist, but in the context of an official on the scene.
Sheriff Dupnik sparked much of the accusatory debate during a press conference Saturday evening in which he blamed talk radio and television for a decline of discourse in America.
"I think the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business and what (we) see on TV and how our youngsters are being raised, that this has not become the nice United States of America that most of us grew up in. And I think it's time that we do the soul-searching," the Sheriff said.
On Sunday, Dupnik didn't back down.
"I think we're the tombstone of the United States of America," Dupnik said of The Grand Canyon State, which a day earlier he called the “Mecca” of hatred and bigotry. "To try to inflame the public on a daily basis 24 hours a day, seven days a week has impact on people, especially who are unbalanced personalities to begin with."
"The sheriff out there in Tucson, I think he's got it right," Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the assistant minority whip, told "Fox News Sunday." "Words do have consequences. And I think that we have to really -- this is nothing new. I've been saying this for a long time now."
"I think the sheriff was right," added Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation."
"Bob, when you and I grew up, we grew up listening to essentially three major news outlets: NBC, ABC, and of course, CBS. We listened to people like Walter Cronkite and Eric Sevareid, and Huntley-Brinkley, and they saw their job as to inform us of the facts and we would make a conclusion," Hoyer said. "Far too many broadcasts now and so many outlets have the intent of inciting, and inciting people to opposition, to anger, to thinking the other side is less than moral. And I think that is a context in which somebody who is mentally unbalanced can somehow feel justified in taking this kind of action. And I think we need to all take cognizance of that and be aware that what we say can, in fact, have consequences."
The context of all of the support statements for the Sheriff of Pima County do nothing to recognize the unique situation the Sheriff had placed himself. He was booked to speak about the unfolding event and facts surrounding this targeted act of murder and violence and he freely went on to speculate as to the cause of the acts of the person the police had in custody based upon (self-admitted by the Sheriff, when asked by Fox News Anchor, Megyn Kelly) no facts ... and no proof. Clarence Dupnik - Pima County Sheriff stated that this was his opinion as a person that spent 50 years in law enforcement but that in this specific case he currently had no facts for his opinion.
Arizona shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner in a photo released by the Pima County Sheriff's Department. The man allegedly responsible for last Saturday’s shooting spree that left six people dead, a U.S. congresswoman clinging to life, and 13 other people injured appeared in court Monday to hear formal charges against him, in one of the first steps of what is likely to be a complex and extended legal process. Here, Mr. Loughner is happy that the press, the Sheriff of Pima County, and leaders in the Democrat Political Party are working hard to bring him excuses for his mass-murderous act while he builds a defense to escape the death penalty. Image Credit: Pima County Sheriff's Department
After all of these days since the act of mass-murder had been carried out by Jared Lee Loughner, we now know through various reports that he had been arrest several times for making threats against others at college, he was registered politically as an Independent, he smoked dope regularly, that he erected a human skull bearing satanic alter in the backyard of his parents home, his mother, Amy, works for the Pima County board of supervisors, he was the only child in the Loughner family, he posted a series of rambling YouTube videos in which he speaks of mind control, dreaming and a "new currency", he was a model student when it came to attendance, he didn't perform well on tests, he handed in an assignment with geometric doodles instead of answers, he listed on his YouTube profile page his favorite books as "Animal Farm," "Brave New World" and "Mein Kampf", he apparently met Congresswoman Gabby Giffords once in 2007, and described her as "stupid and unintelligent", he was a deeply disturbed young man who’d been wandering the neighborhood he grew up in with an especially strange look in his eyes in recent days, neighbors say Jared’s mother is very friendly and outgoing, although his father, Randy, is “very aggressive, very angry all the time about petty things according to neighbors, and lastly ... Pima Community College suspended Jared Lee Loughner in September after administrators grew disturbed over one of his Internet posts, and told his parents he would need a mental health clearance if he wanted to return.
No where is there a background that would suggest the "vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business and what (we) see on TV and how our youngsters are being raised, that this has not become the nice United States of America that most of us grew up in" as the rhetoric of the politically left, liberal, progressive, and of the Democrat Political Party has asserted has any basis in fact.
"We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his [or her] actions." - Ronald Reagan
The Pima County Sheriff, Clarence Dupnik, should lose his position as sheriff for his unprofessional approach to talking with the media. He has proven that he can not be trusted in an environment that requires nuance, discernment, and the ability to relate to all of the citizens he is responsible to protect. To listen to him ... the only people he feels comfortable representing are the philosophically Big, Bigger, Biggest Government type of people.
Please do not ask how this situation might square with the Sheriff's perspective on what may ... or may not constitute freedom of speech here during the politically divisive 44th Presidency - Carter's Second Term.