Shooting spurs an avalanche of 'whys'

During a prayer service for wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at her synagogue in Tucson, Ariz., the rabbi's daughter cried, "Why? Why? Why?"

Is it because an unbalanced 22-year-old was allowed to buy a clip with 32 bullets for his pistol? Why is this legal in Arizona?

Is it because Rep. Giffords was in favor of the president's health-care bill, and her opponents showed their venom by shooting the glass door in her home office, licensing others to shoot?

Is it because Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin targeted Giffords in her gunsight map of Democrats who were up for midterm re-election, cluing others to what their duty is?

Is it because Nevada senatorial candidate Sharron Angle called for the use of the Second Amendment -- the right to bear arms -- against those who pass laws with which Tea Partiers don't agree?

Is it because folks attending some of the president's speeches march around with guns at their hips, clearly visible and influencing others to use firearms at political rallies?

Is it because Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck use militant rhetoric against the president and the Democrats, promoting an environment to destroy some public officials or this country will go to hell?

Is it because Arizona is considering a bill to allow students and faculty to carry guns in colleges, promoting the concept that guns solve not only academic problems but other problems as well?

Finally, I would answer the rabbi's daughter that, unfortunately, some "patriots" like it just as it is, and even more unfortunate is that if attitudes don't change, more "whys" are yet to come.

Lowell Greenbaum

Augusta

(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

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