Santa Barbara -
Whenever a mass murder occurs in America, the tragedy is politicized before the bodies of the victims reach the morgue. Instantly the cause of the massacre is simplified, by wrongfully placing the blame on a single entity.
The man who pleaded guilty to the deadly Arizona shooting rampage that wounded beloved former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was sentenced Thursday to seven consecutive life terms, followed by 140 years in prison, the Associated Press is reporting.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has announced she will attend a candlelight vigil at the University of Arizona on the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting that claimed the lives of six people and wounded 13 others including the congresswoman.
A federal judge presiding over the case of Arizona shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner has ruled he may be be competent to stand trial in a few months if he stays on medication, based on his behaviour in court and his improved demeanor while in custody.
Yet another acrimonious slanging match began in America before the ink of press reports on the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and others was even dry. Political debate in that country is plumbing new depths and becoming dangerous.