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January 11, 2011 7:13 am

Investigators have been pouring over the background of Jared Loughner, trying to find out what makes this guy tick. Interviews with friends and associates suggest a “disturbed” person. As the Associated Press reports, there’s no evidence Loughner’s motive was political.

Steven Cates, who attended an advanced poetry writing class with Loughner at Pima Community College last spring, said he didn’t recall Loughner talking about politics.

“He didn’t seem very interested in politics. Whatever politics were brought up in class, he seemed to tune it out,” Cates said.

And yet, depsite the not one shred of evidence that Loughner was spurred on by any particular element of ideology, the liberals are up in arms. According to The Post and Courier, Democrat Rep. Jim Clyburn said that “the deadly shooting in Arizona should get the country thinking about what’s acceptable to say publicly and when people should keep their mouths shut.” Excuse me, but what was said??? Clyburn then added, “Free speech is as free speech does.” Ok, we can see that this is not going to be an intelligent conversation.

Clyburn said he thinks vitriol in public discourse led to a 22-year-old suspect opening fire Saturday at an event Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords held for her constituents in Tucson, Ariz. Six people were killed and 14 others were injured, including Giffords.

The shooting is cause for the country to rethink parameters on free speech, Clyburn said from his office, just blocks from the South Carolina Statehouse. He wants standards put in place to guarantee balanced media coverage with a reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, in addition to calling on elected officials and media pundits to use ‘better judgment.’

So now we are looking to legislate better judgement? Exactly how does one accomplish such a feat? In addition, if Clyburn wants to eliminate “vitriol” in public discourse, he’s going to have a lot of work on his hands.

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Nelson Propane

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