Image via Wikipedia"After Tucson: Why Are the Mentally ill Still Bearing Arms?" goes the title in Time. Because it is easier to buy a gun in the States than it is to buy fresh vegetables.
"This time, the price for bureaucratic torpor was too high."
Indeed. It is too high. How many lives to be reaped by the grim statistics coming out of the U.S.? Many more.
Unless a complete rethink in the way they conduct their political business and discourse is in the works and given utmost attention, there is a strong probability that we will be seeing many more tragedies akin to the one in Arizona.
It is now proven, crystal-clearly, that the deranged influenced by the inflammatory rhetoric spewing from the mouths of smart (rogue?) politicians and ratings-minded media outlets, will take up their arms and take to the streets gunning down those they think are responsible for their country's woes.
The little man, often, has little or no access to real facts and ignores that the real cause/effect of their ills lies in the hands of a few plutocrats that run the country.
It is imperative that the country recalibrates (pardon the word!) its educational (spiritual?) system and bring about a shift in paradigm. Let this be a warning to politicians, Left, Right and Center, to tone down their political discourse, mindful that they are, surely, of the effects on the recipients of their messages.
Hopefully (and ironically), Representative Gabrielle Giffords, victim of the of this senseless attack will now, upon recovery, revisit her previous pride in gun ownership in hers and other states in the nation.