ATM Flashback: Mass Murder is Not a Partisan Issue

Recent news regarding Rep. Gabby Giffords is encouraging:

Gabby Giffords is walking, it may not be walking 100%, but she is doing her best.  Her doctors report that she can walk a little and she mostly uses her left side.  She is now starting to try to use her right leg and right arm, which is common since her brain injury was on the left side.

“Her left side is perfect,” said Pia Carusone, her legislative chief of staff. “She can do whatever you can do.”  Carusone also made a point of the fact that Giffords has perfect posture, as always, even while sitting in her wheelchair.

It is amazing that a person who went through such a horrible time, being shot in the head, and now she is walking, sitting up straight, and she says she wants to “walk a mountain.”  If she says that she will, that determination will see her through.

And she’s recovered enough to attend her husband’s shuttle launch:

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in January, will attend the space shuttle launch captained by her husband.

Giffords (D-Ariz.) was given the go-ahead by her doctors to attend the launch, her husband Mark Kelly said in a CBS interview broadcast Monday.

Kelly, will command the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavor, which is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on April 29.

All this reminds me of my excellent editorial, published in multiple publications, that took losers to task for making the mass murder in Tuscon a partisan issue.  Time for another ATM flashback:

The tragedy in Tuscon, Arizona is an unspeakable horror.  It is an attack at the foundation of American democracy: peaceful assembly.  Sadly, some are using this mass murder as a political weapon.

It was just another Saturday morning in an American town at a grocery store.  Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was holding a “Congress on Your Corner” event to meet with her constituents.  Among those present, a nine-year-old girl interested in politics.  Her neighbor brought her, so she could see how our republic works.

But a deranged lunatic also went to that event.  He killed that little girl and five others, including a federal judge.  Congresswoman Giffords was nearly killed; a bullet went through her brain.  Thanks to good Samaritans, first responders, and expert doctors, she is expected to live.  Her quality of life is another matter.

This mass murder is an American tragedy, but it is not a partisan issue.  I hope that media figures, elected officials, and others realize this.  It is not the time for pointing fingers and assigning blame. One person is ultimately responsible and that’s the psycho who murdered and wounded innocent people.   I won’t wag my finger at anyone in particular (at least not yet).  If you use such a tragedy as a political weapon, you are the lowest of the low.

Please keep the families of the victims, Congresswoman Giffords and her family, and everyone affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.

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