January 16, 2011

Tucson Victim Threatens Innocent Tea Party Activist With Death -- My Reaction

Well, it looks like one of the victims of the Tucson atrocity perpetrated by a deranged man with incoherent, somewhat left-wing political views has now been arrested for threatening the life of a leader of the Tea Party movement who was speaking at a public forum.

When Tucson Tea Party founder Trent Humphries rose to suggest that any conversation about gun control should be put off until after the funerals for all the victims, witnesses say [J. Eric] Fuller became agitated. Two told KGUN9 News that finally, Fuller took a picture of Humphries, and said, “You’re dead.”

Now I could point out that Fuller is a left-wing political activist who has been spreading the falsehood that certain individuals and groups on the right are responsible for the Tucson shooting. I could point out that the has been lauded by many on the Left as a hero for doing so. I could try to draw a connection between Fuller and Daily Kos, Paul Krugman, various liberal talk show hosts and certain Democrat political figures. I could probably make a better case for a direct, contemporaneous connection between Fuller and such folks than anyone on the Left made between Jared Loughner and the conservatives accused of inciting him by those individuals. But I won't.

No, instead i will simply say what I pointed out after Fuller's initial public statement attacking conservatives -- he is proof positive that being the victim of such an atrocity does not make you a saint. It does not make you a hero, especially if you were merely a bystander. It does not make one an expert on the causes of and solutions to such events. Indeed, as Fuller's deeds make very clear, being a victim in such an incident does not even make you a decent human being -- and Fuller's death threat against an innocent man engaged in First Amendment guaranteed speech about important political issues proves that Fuller is most certainly not a decent human being by any stretch of the imagination. Here's hoping he gets locked up for a good long time.

And who knows? Maybe J. Eric Fuller and Jared Loughner can be cellmates. After all, the men are clearly two crazy peas from the same loony pod.

UPDATE: Robbie at Urban Grounds points out that some on the Left are excusing/justifying Fuller's death threat. I guess we know what constitutes civility if you are a Leftist -- vitriolic liberals and silenced conservatives.

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