THE tragedy in Arizona has haunted this nation for two weeks. A man takes a gun and goes into a crowd where a U.S. Representative is meeting with her constituents. He shoots her and many others, leaving six dead.
There were a lot of victims from that event, but there is one nobody dares talk about — the shooter himself.
Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old man who did the shooting, apparently suffers from some kind of psychotic disorder, possibly schizophrenia.
How the courts will deal with his condition as a legal matter remains to be seen.
We don’t know yet if Loughner had ever undergone psychiatric evaluation, or if he was receiving medication, or if perhaps he had fallen through the cracks and had never received any kind of help. Since schizophrenia mostly emerges from the mid-teens through the early 20s, it’s entirely possible that his friends and family didn’t fully understand that his litany of bizarre behavior was due to a serious mental illness.
Whatever we learn about his condition, the reaction to the shootings by far-left media about Loughner’s actions was among the most disgusting comments I’ve ever heard. Led by the liberal New York Times, the far-left quickly blamed the shootings on what it sees as hate speech by conservative politicians on the right.