Today's MSNBC article "Arizona shooting suspect's condition worsens" gathered as usual for an article of this type, many responses. What isn't surprizing is the overwhelming violence of most of the entries. This raises the question how sane are the citizens of the US? Admittedly, the sample size of the respondents can be called into question. I would hope that the respondents to an MSNBC article over the internet would be a sampling of a more educated and stable society. The tribal reaction to Jared Loughner's situation, and the efforts made for his and our benefit were many times callous, crude and violent.
Many thanks to MSNBC for allowing us to vent and discuss, as a group, the many issues raised by their article. A full spectrum of opinions were expressed but the overwhelming response was for Jared to die immediately. Many wanted Jared to die painfully and some slowly. Others wanted to keep him alive and in a state of continuous pain. A few, and of this I would hazard a guess, 5-10% wanted compassion for Jared's plight while also expressing compassion for the victims of Jared and their families. A very few, expressed concern on the affects of the US citizens sanity no matter how this situation was handled. And, that last concern is what inspired this article.
In the situation that Jared Loughner finds himself (please read the MSNBC article referenced) what does the reaction reflect on the state of the citizens of the US? Are we a naturally violent people? Do we have no compassion for the extreme mentally insane? How can we as a society work and live together when our very families, friends and neighbors are so violent? I'm not talking about self-defence or argument prone people. I'm talking about people armed with deadly weapons who appear to be ready to deal personal justice to complete strangers. This, along with the statistics that most violent crime is committed to people who know each other makes this reporter nervous.
Please read the referenced article and the responses and you may be informed, not so much about Jared, but more about who you are living around. This begs the advice, be careful in how you treat one another, you never know when someone will be violently sane.