The web was strung from one metaphorical end to the other with blame about the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords D-AZ this weekend. Guilt was heaped on the Tea Party, Sarah Palin and the general animosity of modern politics, even as it quickly became clear that the shooter was seriously mentally ill.
The right shot back, citing the lefts history of calls for violent revolution. The amount of animosity, hate and contempt actually grew as the same people blamed it for the tragedy.
But then I went of Facebook and saw what my left-wing friends were really writing. Drew wrote:
Mario, a friend to the left of Ralph Nader, posted what turned out to be a quote from left-winger Rachel Maddow:
For people waiting for me to weigh in on this: I do not feel the violence in Arizona was politically motivated, and that all the talking heads going on about it are running away with assumptions.
A psychotic young man want to his supermarket with a gun, saw a huge cluster of people, and started shooting. That seems to me all there was to it, despite who was shot.
There is nothing to be gained from speculating on the motives and affiliations of Rep. Giffords' shooter without facts.They were not alone. It's the loudest, angriest people on the fringes that gather the most attention, and the calm and reasonable people are far too often overlooked. It's easy to blame what you already oppose for the tragedy of the day, but it takes guts to stand up when your side goes to far.