The violent tragedy in Arizona, which has caused unfathomable grief for so many families, allegedly is the direct result of an armed, unstable, politically naive person whose action was in all probability influenced by a steady stream of rhetoric condoning violence as the solution to political differences.
Divisive anger and hatred are pontificated by dangerous people such as Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and others (some in Congress) who manufacture unwarranted fear for political and financial gain.
In the weeks to come, when this incident is reduced to the back pages of the newspaper, Congress will probably do little or nothing to address the two political elephants that caused this tragedy.
Not holding responsible the people who pervert the words “freedom of speech” to include inciting others to commit murder is one elephant. The other is the unwillingness of Congress to confront the powerful National Rifle Association and pass sensible gun control laws that place the lives of Americans before corporate profit.
Unless there is a national outcry that enough blood has been shed and that the divisive ranting of prejudice, bigotry, anger and hate will no longer be tolerated, the only changes that Congress will achieve will be the adding of safeguards for their safety and security. The political sideshow of evasion of responsibility to the American people will continue.