I don’t feel much like blogging today. As pretty much everyone knows by now, a 22 year old man shot 20 people here Saturday morning, killing six, including a federal judge and a nine year old girl. One of the wounded (critically) is Gabrielle Giffords, my congressional representative.
I don’t know Congresswoman Giffords personally, but I admire her. In my opinion she’s one of the most sensible and intelligent politicians serving today. With so much volatile rhetoric out there, she urges civility in public discourse.
This act of violence has affected not just Tucson emotionally, but Congress, the judiciary, NASA, and two major league baseball teams through their connections to the victims. This wasn’t an act of nature like a tsunami or an earthquake, but I wonder if it was really any more preventable?
This event will once again spark debate about the relative merits of protecting our various freedoms vs. reducing relative risk, and our grief will add heat to the debate. Let’s try to be civil, too.