I have not written about the Arizona shooting because it has been so depressingly predictable; I knew immediately that the shooter was a crazy person and that there would be a large number of liberal pundits and news organizations jumping to blame conservatives and Tea Partiers with no basis in fact for doing so, followed by a counterattack from the conservatives showing how the left was projecting onto them their own offenses, because their rhetoric is more intemperate and evocative of violence.
So I really have nothing to say, except some good links:
And finally, a great quote from Glenn Reynolds:
As I think about it, the mental process seems to be something like this:
Lefty: Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement encourage hatred and violence!
Questioner: How do you know?
Lefty: Because whenever I think about them, I’m filled with hate and a desire to do harm!
Reynolds’s description also explains why leftists want to ban guns and think guns are inherently evil: in the presence of a gun, they don’t think about all the people who are comfortable with guns and handle them sanely, they think about carrying out their own violent impulses and this scares them so they blame the guns instead of asking whether they themselves have an anger problem.