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Responding to the assassination attempt over the weekend on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) in front of a Tucson Safeway while she participated in a “Congress On Your Corner” constituent outreach event, the retailer released the following statement:

“We share the grief and shock that everyone in Tucson and the nation are feeling following this tragic act of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords and with each of the victims and their families. Like everyone else, we are struggling to understand this tragedy and are giving all assistance we can to the law enforcement agencies that are investigating.

“Of course, our Tucson store is closed and will remain closed while we see to the needs of our customers, our employees, law enforcement and the community of Tucson. We have sent grief counselors to the Tucson store to provide emotional support to those affected by this tragedy, and we will continue to look for ways to be of comfort to the many employees, customers and others who are devastated by what has happened.”

As of this posting, six people were dead after the rampage, and 14 people injured, including Rep. Giffords, who was shot in the head at point-blank range; Jared L. Loughner, a man described as a “troubled 22-year-old college dropout,” has been charged on five counts, including the attempted assassination of a member of Congress.
KC's View:
There is much we don’t know about this shooting, and it remains to be seen whether anyone will learn anything from what happened, and to what extent the toxic political discourse in this country contributed to these sad events.

I do think that, whatever the state of mind or emotional condition of the man who committed these crimes, there is phrase for what he did. It is, to be sure, a kind of terrorism. It doesn’t matter what the rationale or motivations were; he apparently described himself as a terrorist, and the shooting has been successful in making a lot of people afraid.

Ironic, on some sort of small scale, that last week I got a lot of grief from some MNB users because I made the observation (relevant to a different story) that not all Muslims are terrorists, and not all terrorists are Muslims. Loughner isn't a Muslim, to the best of my knowledge, and neither were people like Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, James W. Von Brunn or Andrew Joseph Stack III.

The point is this. There is evil all around. Categorization based on ideological over-simplification does not do it - or us - justice.