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Do you think the shootings yesterday were politically motivated?

If you do then you should read this.

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Asked by Carpy at 2:31 PM on Jan. 9, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Could have been,probably.

    Answer by dancer at 2:32 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • Even with the very small amount I know about this event, I expect it to be about some deeply-disturbed idiot hoping to get something or solve something by having a total fit... after probably decades of having fits has never worked for anything.

    There is nothing quite like a human for doing the same thing over and over and over again expecting different results.

    Answer by LindaClement at 2:33 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • He was a psycho, just like Nidal Hassan

    unfortunately, its hard to tell the crazies apart from the politics of today

    also, the dept. og homeland security believe he may have been involved in a HATE GROUP and were pissed about immigration and Gifford's stance on it.

    So you got a hate group filling this psycho's head....who was probably having a psychotic break...explosive


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:34 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • an assassin demands an
    open and public arena. A spectacle before millions is preferred, but a
    generous gathering of one hundred plus people will suffice.
    In a community-like forum, the
    political assassin’s next step is killing
    a person of prominence. The target
    may be a celebrity or a political leader,
    but fame and renown are indispensable
    ingredients for the victim. When
    unreserved pandemonium arrests the
    crowd’s attention, that previously elusive
    elixir known as recognition
    emboldens the assassin to step forward
    and proclaim his message. This
    declaration of belief or purpose contributes another feature to the assassin’s

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 2:36 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • Without reading the link, NO, I don't think it was politically motivated. At least not in my mind. He seemed (by his writings) that he has mental issues that haven't been addressed. In his mind? It sounded as though he saw it as political, but not in the liberal / conservative/ democrat / republican sense. His talk about currency and grammar caused me to scratch my head.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 2:36 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • The validity of the assassin’s message is irrelevant. Because
    the end-goal of a political assassination is capturing an audience, the assassin
    willingly assumes the role of martyr. Hence, the killer shows more
    interest in reading his manifesto than escaping the scene of the crime.
    This brand of murderer insists upon taking credit for his action.
    Indeed, assassins are known throughout history for brazenly seizing center
    stage and assuming blame for the horrendous execution of a world
    leader. Interestingly, Davis concludes that the absence of these defiant
    pronouncements of guilt signals a conspiracy. Specifically referring to
    Lee Harvey Oswald, Davis asserts that Oswald’s denial of guilt, in contrast
    to history’s catalog of other assailants, exhibit “classic patsy behavior”
    that “give credence to the theories that the supposedly one-man-onegun”
    assassination of John F. Kennedy was really a conspiracy.

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 2:36 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • There is way more but the gist is that it is not about politics but about their own twisted needs.

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 2:39 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • No, but I do think some people are TRYING really hard to make it about politics.

    This is a good accounting (with lots of links) of the shooter.  I think he just targeted Giffords because she represented his district, and (due to his psychosis) blamed her for his perception of societal ills of the community they shared.  Like I said....psychosis!


    Answer by LoriKeet at 2:43 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • he may have been involved in a HATE GROUP and were pissed about immigration and Gifford's stance on it.

    A hate group that supported illegal immigration? That's a new one, considering she was opposed to it.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:46 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • No I think the guy is just looney.

    Answer by Bethsunshine at 2:48 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

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