As I’ve stated many times, I’m not political. I write fun, trashy romantic fiction and don’t have to be political. But I do have opinions when it comes to certain things, and I feel very strongly about the way people have been reacting to this horrendous tragedy in Arizona.
I’ve been wanting to write a decent blog post about it. But I kept falling short. So when I stumbled upon a blog post written by Lit Agent Janet Reid, I decided to pay it forward, so to speak, and link to it here.
In this case, Janet says it much better than I could. And I couldn’t agree with her more. It’s time to stop.
I’m sure by now everyone heard about what happened yesterday in Arizona. If you haven’t, here’s a link from AOL discussing the little girl who was shot and killed, Christina Taylor Green. This was an innocent, harmless child, born on September 11, 2001, of all days, who was only at the shopping center because she’d just been elected to the student government at her school and she was interested in meeting a representative. She was even part of a book titled, Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 911.
Everyone else who was there was innocent, too, from the people who were shot to the bystanders who will now have to live with this horror for the rest of their lives.
And in spite of all this sorrow, I’ve already seen countless numbers of posts on facebook and tweets on twitter blasting politicians and political parties from political zealots who just don’t seem to get the magnitude of what happened. I even saw a FB post that was stupid enough to blast Sarah Palin, with nonsense that had nothing to do with this shooting spree and these killings. I’ve seen these political zealots from both sides, liberal and conservative, making bitter accusations and calling each other names since early this morning, instead of focusing on the tragedy itself and pulling together to offer support to the people who need it most. Or, God forbid, to try to make things better now and focus on intelligent ways to discuss issues and politics.
The vitriol has to end somewhere. And frankly, this is why I stay away from politics in general. The person who shot and killed these innocent people in Arizona is the definition of evil. This transcends politics and crosses the border into the world of criminal darkness most of us can’t even fathom. He’s rotten and spoiled and vile right down to his very core. And personally, I don’t think there’s a punishment that would be too severe for him.
My heart goes out to the families and friends of everyone involved in this pointless killing spree and I hope nothing like this ever happens again.