It is not the time nor the place to make political hay out of the shooting yesterday of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). House Speaker John Boehner appropriately condemned it:
I am horrified by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and members of her staff. An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society. Our prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. This is a sad day for our country.
It is indeed a sad day for our country. Like the Speaker, our prayers are with the Congresswoman. May she have a speedy recovery and return to work in short order.
Details are trickling in about the creep who shot her. May he be speedily brought to trial and punished to the maximum extent allowed by law.
Our thoughts and our prayers today are with the families of those people he murdered in cold blood. And our prayers and our hopes are with the injured.
Among his long list of favorite books in his YouTube profile are Mein Kampf, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha.
Loughner also “favorited” just one video on YouTube, which shows the burning of an American flag and is accompanied by an anti-government screed.