Hijacking the Rampage Narrative

From Evernote:

Hijacking the Rampage Narrative

Clipped from: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/us/politics/09shooter.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&hp
The shootings of a United States Congresswoman and several citizens by a deranged man yesterday has led to a predictable flurry of editorial comments about the dangers of intemperate rhetoric. And there is something to this. It seems to me that the deranged young man was a magnet for talks-show ideas (the virtues of the gold standard, how media and college elites are indoctrinating our youth, etc.)  He took these conservative criticisms of modern mores and added his paranoia and we see the result.

Have we not met such people before?  The fervid true-believers and "useful Idiots" who drone on and on from a closed system that explains everything and nothing.  A John Bircher, the village atheist, and the overgrown delinquent smashing in a store window in the name of freedom are "of imagination all compact."

My guess is that when all the videos are viewed, we will be left with a pathetic whiner.

She here is how the New York Times describes his thinking:

Among other complaints, Mr. Loughner’s social networking pages suggest that he had grievances against Pima Community College, that he felt cheated in some way.

“If I’m not receiving the purchase from a payment then I’m a victim of fraud,” he wrote, referencing the school, in one of his many confusing phrases posted in his videos.

Let us see if the pundits conclude that it is the fault of the community colleges that the Congresswoman was attacked.  After all, they KNEW he was dangerous and could only reject him.