Wednesday, May 25, 2011
What's wrong with this picture?
The person pictured above is Jared Loughner. On November 30, 2010, he was competent to purchase a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol in a sporting goods store in Tucson, Arizona. On January 8, 2011, Loughner (allegedly, it has to be said) used the weapon in a shooting spree that killed 6 people and critically wounded U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was apparently his main target. The facts of the shooting spree have been extensively covered in the mainstream media.
Today Loughner was determined by a U.S. District Court Judge in Phoenix to be incompetent to stand trial for the killings and maimings of which he stands accused. So I ask you, what is wrong with this picture? Not the picture of Loughner, which admittedly is a little spooky - but the picture of a society that would allow someone with a demonstrable history of mental imbalance to purchase such a weapon and then find him too crazy to be held responsible for his actions.
Loughner may be - probably is - insane, but what's more insane is a system of gun "control" laws that protects his right to own any weapon he chooses but fails to hold him accountable for how he uses them. That's what's wrong with this picture.