By now, I would guess that most of my readers have heard about the horrible shooting in Tucson Arizona that critically wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 other people including a well respected judge and a 9 year old child. I have met Ms. Giffords on several occasions and found her to be an intelligent, gracious, and down to earth person; someone you instantly like. As I write this, we still don’t know the motives of the young shooter only that he did have some anti-government views.
When I think about senseless things like this I wonder how anyone so young could be filled with such hatred that he commits such a horrific act of violence. I certainly don’t have the answer but I will say that I do think we Americans have to tone down the inflammatory rhetoric and revive the art of civil debate with respect for each other’s opinions.
I took a drive down to the State Capitol this afternoon after the Governor ordered the flags to be flown at half staff. The photo above is of the capitol building.
The smaller photo is of the line of news trucks that have gathered in front where a candlelight vigil is going to take place in the evening.