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Wed, Nov. 13

Let's save the blame until we can reason with sanity

It's a shame that in a time of national mourning after the senseless shootings that killed six people and critically injured a U.S. congresswoman and others in Tucson, people quickly engaged in politicizing the tragedy.

Making decisions during such a time of grief and shock is not wise, yet everyone from media pundits to lawmakers, politicians, and other prominent figures are busy talking without thinking, and calling for instant action that serves their personal political agendas or pet causes.

This tragic event was nothing more than one sadly deranged individual who wantonly took six precious lives and forever changed many more. The man is obviously unhinged, and to speculate that any one thing set him off is irresponsible.

In the face of tragedy, we need someone to blame, if for nothing else than to make sense of the horror. We call for gun control, speech control and internet control. But we must remember that we cannot trade freedom for security. If we do, we will have neither.

It's time now to stop blaming and rally behind those whose lives have been affected by this terrible event. Casting blame and engaging in knee-jerk reaction on both sides will only hurt us in the future.

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