It’s glib and irresponsible to just blame conservative Republicans or Tea Party activists for the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and of so many other innocent people.  Indeed, the young man who committed this crime was clearly disturbed, and there’s no reason to believe that this crime was simply an expression of a conscious but zealous idealism.  And, certainly, none of Giffords critics intended or sought such action, or would have urged anybody to start shooting.

But to dismiss our responsibility is also glib and dangerous.  This tragic story exposes some disturbing flaws in American society. Read the rest of this entry »