Yesterday was a HORRIBLE day.
We’ve seen an obviously unstable and deranged individual, Jared Loughner, shoot and kill innocents; we’ve seen a US Congresswoman declared dead, then not-dead, and we vets have been accused of being the shooter by none other than a state Congresswoman from Arizona.
While listening and watching all of the activity and coverage of this horrific event, one thing has become even more clear- the MFM has come unglued on the Right, on Veterans, and on grass roots organizations. This vitriol has GOT to stop, in both directions. But blaming Veterans just because it involved a gun is over the top. Especially for someone who should know better than to spread rumors.
The topper statement is from State Congressional Representative Linda Lopez, who is about as far-Left as you can get. Not that that’s a particular issue, but, given her next statement, we’ve got a HUGE problem …
”the shooter is likely, from what I’ve heard, an Afghan vet..”
During an interview with Shep Smith (please, do NOT get me started on him) she made these statements- you can hear them about 5 minutes into this interview:
Ms Lopez, on behalf of ALL veterans, and especially the Afghanistan veterans you have repeatedly defaced, I would like to ask this-
WE DEMAND AN APOLOGY
Your demented, irrational view of veterans shows in this despicable statement. You have, as most do on the extreme Left and within the MFM, caused irreparable damage to veterans everywhere- not just those in Arizona. You do a complete disservice to us, to your country, and to your state by repeatedly asserting that there was a likelyhood he was an Afghanistan veteran.
Granted, in the heat of the moment, things can be said that are ‘caustic’, but this goes beyond anything that was said all day (EXCEPT that Rep. Giffords was ‘dead’) and does a greater disservice to your party.
If you are not willing to issue a retraction, and apology, then I am asking those in Arizona to look at censuring and/or recalling someone who would put forth such discpicable accusations without cause nor merit. What caused you to even think that this person was associated in any way with the military?
He had a gun?
He was male?
He was WHITE?
Loughner was turned down by the Army (as stated by both CNN and to posted by Stars and Stripes) for ‘instability issues’. Just because someone used a gun in a despicable act, you want to throw it on the ‘veterans as victims’ pile.
What if one of Breitbart’s contributors had posted that they thought that, since a white Congresswoman was attacked, that the shooter was likely Hispanic/Latino, or Black? Who’s head would be rolling in the gutter then? The shrieking would go on for months…
All of you Brietbart readers, please feel free to contact Congresswoman Lopez at the following:
House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington, Room 321
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Fax Number: (602) 417-3029
Phone Number: (602) 926-4089 or 1-800-352-8404
Ms Lopez, I hope you have the backbone to do the right thing. But, I’m not holding my breath.
There certainly will be more to come on this.
UPDATE 1: She was a FORMER State Congresswoman, now State Senator. The previous site for Arizona Legislature listed her as a REPRESENTATIVE. Not wanting foot-in-mouth disease, I listed here here as such. Now, apparently, she is actually a STATE SENATOR. But, the Arizona site is still conflicting- her contact info lists House of Reps; her page lists State Senate.
UPDATE 2: Her new page has removed her phone number and email address! Use the old info to contact the legislature and go from there. If anyone gets her new info, please let me know… put into comments if you wish. Her site is here: State Senator Linda Lopez