- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It is possible that the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., was not a politically motivated act. Jared Lee Loughner’s latest and most lethal “blurt” may simply have been planned to grab maximum media coverage.

He succeeded. Perhaps Mr. Loughner knew that being a political assassin would encourage reporters and journalists to use his full name, as they do with Lee Harvey Oswald or James Earl Ray - a sign of prominence. He might even be clever enough to have known that the political world would engage in a verbal melee, with both sides using him as proof of their positions. Everyone is talking about him, writing about him and thinking about him.

Most of us who live law-abiding, quiet lives will be forgotten soon after we pass away, but not Mr. Loughner. We will remember him. His picture and name and story are everywhere. He will live on in infamy because he decided to end the lives of others.

BUCK RUTLEDGE

Knoxville, Tenn.