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Murder and madness AN OUTSIDERS VIEW Ken Fuller 01/18/2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Murder and madness

AN OUTSIDERS VIEW
Ken Fuller
01/18/2011
The news from Arizona on Jan. 8 was appalling. Six persons, including a nine-year-old girl and a federal judge, lay dead, and a dozen or so were wounded – including the apparent prime target, Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Gibbons, who was shot in the head — as a lone gunman walked into the venue where Gibbons was meeting her constituents and opened up with a semi-automatic pistol.

I caught the news on BBC World on the Sunday morning Philippine time, just as Sheriff Clarence Dupnik was heading a press conference. Visibly struggling with his anger, Dupnik pointed the finger at the “vitriol” which had poured from the mouths of some media practitioners in recent times, contributing to a climate of intolerance in which a young man with a history of mental problems might be pushed over the edge.

Most directly, Dupnik’s remarks concerned the acrimonious atmosphere in which last year Arizona passed an immigration act which most liberal opinion considered would encourage the abuse of the civil rights of Hispanics, and legislation banning ethnic studies in the state’s schools..... MORE

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