This is a repost from Xanga, but it expresses my feelings about what went down a year ago, in Tucson. My site, my rules.
A year has now come and gone. The Tucson shooting rampage has had its predictable First Anniversary media blitz. Congresswoman Giffords is on the road to recovery, and may well run for reelection. Her husband is at her side, as he has been, to the extent possible, all along. The families of those killed grieve on and virtually all are giving back to the community which stood by them. The President is silent, and suitably so. He needs to stay in the background for this one. The wounded progress and live their lives in the way that best suits each of them.
I read through the entire newspaper segment on how each of them are doing. It is a low day for me, for obvious reasons- a trigger, but I made it through, just because I could.
The media did not have to look far to find a gadfly to the hoopla. He is George Morris, widower of one of the slaying victims. He blames Mark Kelly for his wife’s death, for not having provided security on that day. I am sorry for your loss, Mr. Morris. I know what it’s like to have lost a soul mate. Contrary to your understanding, though, let me point out something: The spouse of a congressperson is not who provides security at congressional events. My Congressman, Paul Gosar, provides his own security, through his office budget. I believe it’s the same across the institution. Ms. Giffords most likely had no idea she would be attacked at a minimall.
He also faults Kelly for “going off into space”, while his wife was in the hospital. Fact is, that space flight was a GROUP decision. Ms. Giffords, Kelly’s daughters, both sets of parents and NASA all weighed in on the pros and cons. It was his last flight, so to him, it was six or a half-dozen. Since Morris regards Ms. Giffords as “worthless”, how would the space flight matter.
Well, grief leads people to say strange things. This, I know. Personally, I grieve for the Tucson victims, also. I grieve for Judge Roll, Gabe Zimmerman, Mr. Stoddard, Mrs. Schneck, Christina-Taylor Green and for George Morris’s wife, Dorothy. Each had a good life ahead. If Judge Roll had lived, he’d have seen the courthouse he planned for Yuma get built. If Gabe had lived, he’d be the one coaching Ms. Giffords back to health and might have been a fine surrogate candidate, had she been unable to run. If Mr. Stoddard and Mrs. Schneck had lived, they’d have seen their grandkids on to higher levels of achievement. If Christina-Taylor had lived, the sky would have been the limit, If Dorothy Morris had lived, perhaps George would have had the chance to clear the air with his Congresswoman, instead of lashing out at her now.
We’re all adults here, so I sense Ms. Giffords half-expects to get some tongue-lashings from the disgruntled among us, even as she works on recovery. Such is life in the public eye. The vast majority of Americans, however, are pouring out good will, and not because we’re media sheep. It’s because we’re human and the hurt of one, or of the few, is the hurt of all.
The scene we see today, on Oracle Road, is of a memorial. For a long time to come, may its cause not be repeated.