It was extremely spooky waking up to the haunting mug shot of Jared L. in the NY Times. I felt compelled to draw a clown face over his derranged gaze, to eat my cereal in peace and avoid my kids seeing this, though I do encourage them to read the newspaper as any self respecting PR dad.
There's so many things that went wrong here.
First, kids, when there's a psycho person in your classroom, REPORT THEM. And try to get them help. Are we so self-absorbed that insane ramblings go unnoticed? Mom? Dad? He was living at home? Hello?
Second, I'm not a big fan of guns. But ironically, in a state where EVERYONE packs, including the Congreswoman, how come Jared wasn't taken down?
Third, anyone can get a gun if they want, but in Tucson, AZ you can be mentally ill and get one. Not that anyone bothered to get this guy help.
Fourth, I understand why the vitriol spewed by right wing media is an easy target, but I'm not sure it made any difference here. Wouldn't it be great if he blamed the rantings of Palin, Beck et al? "The Devils Made Me do It!"
Looking for forward to my Tucson vacation in February?