- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 20, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Most of the dust has settled over the horrific murder scene in Tucson and we know quite a bit more than what was initially reported.

We know the assassin was mentally disturbed and not by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity or Sarah Palin. We know that this fellow was a leftist, if politically motivated at all. They found copies of “Mein Kampf” and Karl Marx’s works in his abode. We know he slipped through school, judicial and law enforcement systems repeatedly and never received treatment for his mental illness. We know so many people’s lives are horribly changed forever.

The questions that haunt me are: In a state often advertised in the popular media as “gun crazy,” where no license is required for the carrying of concealed weapons, and we are led to believe every other person in Arizona totes a six-shooter on his hip, why was there no crushing volley of gunfire returned to this assassin? Is it possible the popular media are ginning up a “crisis” of gun ownership and proliferation in Arizona because it sells more copy and sways more opinions?

KONRAD LAU

Whatcom County, Wash.

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