It’s pretty simple. This young guy Jared Loughner, undoubtedly very troubled, commits a horrendous crime, touching the lives of so many. So far, there is no reason to think that Loughner is a rabid right-winger, or left-winger, or that he had any particular political agenda. There is no reason to think that his attack on Representative Giffords was the result of antisemitism. It does appear that he did not fire at the Congresswoman at random, and that he had, for at least three years, a grudge against her for reasons at this point unknown.
There is no reason to think that he was egged on by right wing politicians or talk show hosts (this does not mean that their actions can be defended), or by media in general and the cult of violence that seems to dominate it at times. But there is one thing that is perfectly clear: Loughner should not have had that gun. In fact, I don’t think any citizen should have had that particular gun and the extended magazine that went along with it.
I read today that there are 300,000,000 guns in this country. Is it too late to do anything about that?