Jim Blevins: An attack on America

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To the editor:

As the shock wears off and the facts become clear, I realize that the attack on Gabrielle Giffords was really an attack on the very concept of America.

Extreme violence was used in an attempt to nullify an election and prevent an elected representative from communicating with those she represents.

We will never know what the gunman was thinking or why. That doesn’t really matter. What matters are the objective facts and their impacts. What matters is that this attack was against the most basic principles on which America was formed.

Our representative democracy is the source of all that makes America great. It is the mechanism that provides “government of the people, by the people and for the people.”

The House of Representatives is our closest contact to our federal government.

Each representative has a constituency small enough to really stay in touch with and to really represent. Congresswoman Giffords was engaged in this process when she was attacked.

This was, therefore, really an attack on each of us and our ability to engage in our representative democracy.

How can our Congressman be expected to stay in touch with us if he or she may be attacked for doing so?

It is ironic that Congresswoman Giffords’ district includes the OK Corral — a classic example of violence being used to settle differences.

We have our own similar, if lesser known, examples here.

We, as a country, have to decide whether we want our problems resolved peacefully using a representative democracy or to allow the use of violence to resolve matters. We may not prevent such tragedy in the future.

However, if we as a society strongly believe that violence has no place in resolving our differences, we make tragedy less likely.

Do we want to use the principles on which America was founded to make our decisions, or will we tolerate violence?

I would prefer to be truly American.

Jim Blevins

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Comments

GreyStone 3 years, 9 months ago

I might be wrong, but I feel this guy is a nut, with no conception of politics, current events, or reality in general. His thought process was completely disconnected from anything…for all we know he may have been upset with all the chem trails. big foot and green people in general.

This was not “an attack on the very concept of America”, it was an example of how we treat our nuts.

This guy has no concept of anything.

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Nadja Rider 3 years, 9 months ago

I have to agree with GreyStone, this was a nutjob that did not appear to be particularly involved with politics. He had a very short fuse and most likely mentally ill. The biggest problem I see, is how to determine what nutjobs will go over the edge and do exactly what happened. What threats do you take seriously? And why didn't the people closest to him see that he was going over the edge?

The main stream media has been very quick to point fingers and blame everyone EXCEPT the shooter. No one is to blame for this horrific shooting except Jared Lee Loughner; not Palin, not Fox News, not the right wingers. I'm tired of our society putting blame on everyone except where it belongs - on the perpetrator.

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GreyStone 3 years, 9 months ago

Nadja, I agree with you. The poor guy needed help…no one was there.

This is a reflection on how we help people with mental problems, not in any way representative of our political system.

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JimBlevins 3 years, 9 months ago

This was clearly political. The shooter went way out of his way to go to this political event and specifically shoot the congresswoman first. More to the point, it is a statement about the culture of violence in this country. Many people are insane without being violent. In a less violent culture, this person would certainly have been in a mental institution much sooner -- long before he chose to attack our political system.

Jim Blevins

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Exres 3 years, 9 months ago

I don't know if this guy was making a political statement or was merely a nutjob. Regardless, people need to tone down the rhetoric on all sides and be respectful of others with different opinions. It is ironic that this tragic shooting occurred after the congresswoman was put in a figurative cross-hairs on a political website.

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Andrew Russo 3 years, 9 months ago

No doubt this was a nut job, And no doubt it was a purposeful, planned attack on this politician and political in nature. Much the same as the shootings at Ft. Hood was a political statement, carried out by a nut job.

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