Its one of those “The Devil made me do it moments” that is causing quite a stir in political circles and around the nation. Gunman Jared Loughner opened fire outside a Safeway store in Tucson, AZ killing six and injuring several more including his intended target, Democractic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was wounded and is recovering in a Tucson-area hospital.
You can’t help but feel sorry for former Alaska Governor Sara Palin who has been accused of having a “virtual” hand in the shootings that took place last Saturday. In her first ever response to the shootings, Palin refers to the media’s criticisms and coverage of the shooting as a “blood libel”.
My opinion on the matter is a bit distorted because I’ve become a bit of a fan of Palin’s after watching the first season of her new TLC show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”. I know, I’m weird but television viewing tastes aside, I completely agree with Palin’s assessment and response. Palin quoted former President Ronald Reagan, “we must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker.”
Give that a minute to sink in. How often have we heard people blame their crimes on someone else? Or how often is a crime blamed on a persons social status, economic situation or even on their parents or another family member?
Palin goes on to say, “It’s time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”
Now there’s a novel idea. Rather than blaming the world for shooting, raping, robbing or murdering someone, why not take a moment to look at who the aggressor is as a person and what they could have done to avoid committing the crime?
Palin’s parting shot sums it up nicely.
“Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of the state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle.”
Yes, she can be annoying, even grating at times, but you gotta agree with her logic on this one. Put the crime directly on the head of the accused and don’t pass the buck.