I mean, this is a situation where — I mean, people don’t — they really need to realize that the rhetoric and firing people up and, you know, even things, for example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list. But the thing is that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gunsight over our district.
When people do that, they’ve gotta realize there’s consequences to that action.” —Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), March 25th, 2010
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Which is not to suggest that resistance is futile. It sounded pretty dark what I just said there, now that I reconsider it in my own head: “Crazy people rule us all.” I don’t think that’s true, and I do think it’s important for us to watch our rhetoric. I do think it’s a worthwhile goal not to conflate our political opponents with enemies.
If for no other reason, than to draw a better distinction between the manifestos of paranoid mad men and what passes for acceptable political and pundit speak. It would be really nice if the ramblings of crazy people didn’t in any way resemble how we talk to each other on TV. Let’s at least make troubled individuals easier to spot.
Again, to see good people like this hurt, it is so grievous, and it causes me such sadness, but again, I refuse to give into that feeling of despair. There is light in this situation.
I urge everyone, read up about those who were hurt, or killed in this shooting. You will be comforted by just how much anonymous goodness there really is in the world. You read about these people and you realize that, that people that you don’t even know, that you have never even met, are leading lives of real dignity and goodness, and you hear about crazy, but it is rarer than you think.” —Jon Stewart