Why is it that every politician, and wanna be politician, feels compelled to comment on the Arizona shooting? Even candidates from states thousands of miles outside of Arizona feel the need to chime in. On her campaign website state senate candidate(running in Virginia, not Arizona) Patricia Phillips denounced the shooting in forcful and I'd even say eloquent terms - Ted Sorensen couldn't have written anything better. Phillips said, "Unlike other "democracies" such as India, Pakistan, The Philippines, or Indonesia, we don't often have political assassinations." She also went on to say, "My prayers and sympathy are with the victims and families and I urge everyone to do the same."
Now I don’t disagree with anything Phillips said. I just wonder why she felt the need to use her state senate web site to send out her opinion, and to let us know that she was praying for the victims. I guess it would be different if she said elect me to the State Senate and I will introduce this sets of bills to stop this from ever happening in Virginia.
It seems that whenever there's a tragedy like this politicians always do one of two things. Either in response to the tragedy they propose some nutty idea to stop the next tragedy, usually this involves taking away some more of our liberty, or they rush to a microphone or keyboard and tell us how sorry they are for the victims.
I am not saying Phillips is trying to politicize the shooting, I just think we all ought to let the investigation take its course, and yes pray for the victims.