Saturday, January 8, 2011

Assassination: A Way of Life

We were stunned today to hear of the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson.  As it stands now, she is out of surgery and expected to survive, even though she was shot in the head at a political event outside a grocery store in Tucson.  Also as it stands now, 17 other people were shot and at least five of them were killed, including a 9 year old girl and a federal judge.  The perpetrator of all this violence was said to be a young man, 21 or 22 years of age, armed with some type of automatic weapon.  Amazingly in this day and age, he was taken into custody before he could do damage to himself.

This sad news brings me to think of other such tragedies.  Too close together were the murders of President John F. Kennedy, his brother Senator Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King and the wounding of Governor George Wallace.  There also was the murder some years later of John Lennon.  When all of those horrible acts took place, I was working as a newsman in radio and television.  While I was thrown into the frantic scuffle of trying to report on those incidents it was also a sad and horrifying event for me as well as the great majority of my fellow Americans.

Will this madness never end? 

When will we ever learn?


Jarart said...

I am shocked and apalled. This climate of violence is just something I can not understand.

Kitty said...

I saw this on the news this morning. It's just horribly shocking.

Meggie said...

It seems there is a lot of madness and despair in the world today. Though I suppose, looking back, it has always been so.

Warren said...

Such a tragedy, its really hard to come to terms with it.

Bernie said...

Sending many prayers for the beautiful people in AZ. I am so sorry for what has happened, these innocent people and their families did not deserve this now there are families whose hearts are breaking and whose lives will never be the same. God Bless all of you..:-)Hugs

Steve said...

You have to wonder what is happening to people these days. After something like this takes place, they claim the individual was mentally disturbed. I feel for the victims, but it seems as if the press can't let go until the next tragedy occurs. Even the German news can't let it go.