Post by XKI University on Mar 11, 2011 16:00:59 GMT -5
Ok, Heres the poll!
The Question is:
Did ‘Violent’ Political Rhetoric lead to the recent shootings in Tucson, Arizona ?
Heres a summary of the key points everyone put forward!
Ad Inifinitum: - People aren't born prejudiced - Schizophrenia brought on by influences around the person, the rhethoric may have led him to becoming radical - The rhetoric may not have been completely to blame, but it didn't help the situation - Sarah Palin's crosshairs sent a clear message, there may not be a coincedence there
Harperians: - Loughner's fragile mind was susceptable to outside influences -A lot of evidence can point to Rhetoric influencing him, but an incident was also inevitable considering the political climate
Mutanatia: - Mr Loughner was in a schizophrenic episode at the time, not influenced by others. - Event would have happened regardless of political rhetoric - Mr Loughner had a lot of evidence suggesting he was not completely sane
Paffnia: - Mr Loughner had notice social/mental problems throughout his life - Had a long grudge against Giffords - His actions are inconsisent with Rhetoric that supposedly influenced him, this includes him listing the Communist Manifesto as a favourite book of his - Violent Rhetoric can influence people but was not influencial in this case
Takaram: - Reminds us of the Timothy McVeigh incident - Loughner held a grudge against Giffords, this was the reason for the attack. Not something Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck have said. - Attack on Giffords by Loughner was inevitable, not because of Rhethoric but because of Loughner's mental state and the grudge he held against her.
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