The Left has gone out of its way to blame Saturday’s tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on anyone to the Right of the Mensheviks. Among the first to pile on the blood libel was New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who pinned the shooting on an alleged conservative “climate of hate.” Most of us countered that the murderer, Jared Lee Loughner, clearly seemed mentally ill, addicted to mind-altering drugs, or perhaps the victim of an LSD-induced psychosis. Krugman should read his own newspaper — and I rarely make that suggestion. The NYT reported yesterday that most assassins are unhinged, not politically motivated, and any intelligent American should have known that was the likely motive. That means those accusing Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and the Tea Party of facilitating this crime are either unintelligent or transparently politically motivated (or both).
The New York Times reported yesterday, “A 1999 study of assassins and attackers found few common threads. Many had delusional ideas, but few heard voices; still fewer abused drugs or belonged to militant groups.” (Emphasis added.)
To make matters clearer, many of those who appear to kill for a political cause are merely demonstrating symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia. Forensic psychologist Dr. Michael Stone told the Times the paranoid mind “picks up on the grand themes of the day,” weaving them into his unbalanced mental process. It is the disease, not the rhetoric, that leads to murder. “It’s not political thinking,” Dr. E. Fuller Torrey summarized. “It’s psychotic thinking.”
The Times climbed down from its tower by acknowledging the obvious: Loughner appears to be disturbed:
Details about Mr. Loughner are still emerging, and only an examining doctor will be able to make a definitive diagnosis. But the writings and comments attributed to him point strongly to the kind of delusional thinking that is common in schizophrenia.
“I’d say the chances are 99 percent that he has schizophrenia,” said Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, the founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center in Arlington, Va., which advocates stronger laws to require treatment for people with severe mental illnesses. “He was together enough to take courses, and people with untreated schizophrenia can function very well for periods.; But when you see these rambling, incoherent writings and comments, there is almost no other disorder where this is a prominent symptom.”
Virtually anyone reading his writings, watching his YouTube video, or listening to the testimony of those who knew him would have come to this conclusion. His writings are the ravings of a madman, with references to wide-awake hallucinations and “mind control.” His friends wondered aloud if he were on hallucinogenic drugs, and his classmates at Pima Community College called him mentally disturbed. Again, Dr. Randy Borum of the University of South Floria told the NYT, “This guy wasn’t a missed case.”
College officials (and probably Sheriff Clarence Dupnik’s office) knew he was troubled, but apparently no one in his life — from his countercultural parents to his drug abusing friends — cared enough to see he got the treatment he needed. Rather than take responsibility or say he did all he could, Sheriff Dupnik has unleashed several vicious attacks blaming the shooting on a political movement Loughner did not follow and a talk show host he may have never listened to — and whose beliefs were the opposite of the twisted ramblings he professed.
Dupnik knew this first hand.
The nation’s liberal punditry, which fancies itself the most educated segment of society, should have known the statistical likelihood of the assassin being deranged, and they certainly should have known the signs of schizophrenia.
The media and the Left either did not read the signs that were obvious to millions of non-leftist-haters in flyover country, or they ignored them in order to smear their political opponents as murderers. They are either stupid or malicious — although these conditions are not mutually exclusive.
Given their past history, I know where I’m laying my bet.