Michael Reagan, FloydReports.com
When a would-be assassin shot my Dad, President Ronald Reagan, nobody questioned the fact that the shooter was certifiably nuts.
Authorities recognized that fact and put him in a mental institution as his obvious disturbed mental state demanded.
Now we have another attempted killing of a public official, Arizona’s widely admired Rep. Gabby Giffords, and just about everybody recognizes the fact that the shooter, one Jared Loughner, is crazy as a loon.
Moreover, the fact that Loughner is probably nutty as a fruitcake, and perhaps dangerously so, could not have escaped the attention of local law enforcement authorities such as Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who already had Loughner in his sights yet failed to do anything to prevent Loughner’s foreseeable killing spree.
Yet we don’t hear a word of repentance for his failure to foresee what transpired in Tucson last Saturday. Not a word, mainly because Sheriff Dupnik is too busy attacking Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives to turn his rhetoric loose on the shooter.
In Dupnik’s twisted logic, Loughner may be a murderer but somehow or other it’s all Rush’s fault for his unforgivable habit of calling a spade a spade and referring to liberals as being mentally disjointed, as the majority of them are.
This kind of ridiculous response to a tragedy is becoming what the French would call de riguer — the liberal’s order of the day when one of their failures to recognize reality results in people getting killed.
As my more plainspoken friends would put it, Dupnik shoulda seen it coming, and he’s now trying to obfuscate that fact by striking out at people who had not a single thing to do with Loughner’s deadly actions.