Saturday, January 15, 2011

Gabrielle Giffords and her murder attempt, part 5

When Gabrielle Giffords got shot, I was upstairs working on the computer and listening to the radio. A top of the hour news story reported her being shot and killed, as the early reports erroneously stated. My sister and brother-in-law were downstairs in the living room. I went down and told them what I had heard. He stated it must have been a leftist extremist, a rightist extremist, or someone with mental problems.

Of course, as we know, the leftists almost immediately tried to pin the attempted murder on the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, talk radio, or anyone else on the right that they thought they could blame. Surprisingly, I did not hear or read of anyone blaming George W. Bush. It probably slipped their minds that George W. Bush is the blame for all things perceived wrong with America, from the leftist viewpoint. As we learned more about the alleged shooter, it seems he is a liberal leftist, who had a vendetta against Gabrielle Giffords, and seemingly has mental problems.

As I heard more about the specific details of the attempted murder, I was certain, for several reasons, that the right, and more specifically the Tea Party movement, was not involved. First, a majority of the Tea Party movement tend to identify themselves as Christian. The following is from the Public Religion Research Institute dealing with members of the Tea Party movement. “Results of the 2010 Americans Values Survey are based on telephone interviews conducted among a national random sample of 3,013 adults (age 18 and older) between September 1 and September 14, 2010.”

1) “Nearly half (47%) also say they are part of the religious right or conservative Christian movement. Among the more than 8-in-10 (81%) who identify as Christian within the Tea Party movement, 57% also consider themselves part of the Christian conservative movement.”

2) “They are mostly social conservatives, not libertarians on social issues. Nearly two-thirds (63%) say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, and less than 1-in-5 (18%) support allowing gay (homosexual—my addition) and lesbian couples to marry.”

Not only do Christians NOT attempt to murder those they oppose, they would NOT deliberately murder innocent bystanders.

Second, most Tea Party members support gun rights and are savvy about the use of weapons. There is a difference between a realistic assassination attempt and walking up to an intended victim and shooting that victim with a handgun. As I wrote in my book,

“The Sword had taught that the further away you are from the enemy for the kill, the better it was. It allowed for more maneuverability and lessened your chances of being killed during return fire. Of course, by the very essence of guerilla warfare, we usually had to be fairly close to the enemy. That was not necessary for an assassination. To execute one individual, a scoped rifle shot was perfect. The shooter would be removed from the target and yet could almost guarantee a positive outcome with a correctly located bullet.” (“The Black Sword: the Secret U.S. Army in Vietnam,” page 72, © 2008)

That the alleged shooter come in close using a handgun and shot and killed and wounded others demonstrates that he was not just a want-to-be assassin. He lessened, not increased, his probability of achieving his supposed objective and he almost assured his capture or himself being killed. This was the act of an individual seeking at least three objectives: the murder of Gabrielle Giffords, the murder of others, and his fifteen minutes of “fame” even if notorious in nature. True assassins have at least two objectives—successfully killing their intended target and escaping to live another day. This guy was an amateur seeking notoriety through his objective rather than the success of the objective.

Finally, the Tea Party had stunning success during the 2010 election and is on track for even more success in 2012. Why would any rational Tea Party member jeopardize that success by trying to murder a three term, minor member of the House of Representatives who, in the next election, would be running in a newly redrawn Congressional District? From what I have seen, Arizona is going to get at least one additional Congressional seat in 2012. The Republicans control the Arizona General Assembly and the Governor’s office. Why would any Tea Party member want to assassinate any one, let only Gabrielle Giffords? It would be as illogical as it is illogical for the left to blame the Tea Party or anyone else on the right for this attack.

The Tea Party movement and conservatives, in general, support the U. S. Constitution. The Constitution provides a very relevant and reliable method for removing Representatives from office—elections. In 2010 in Arizona, two Democrats of five total were removed from office and two, including Representative Giffords, were almost defeated. Why would anyone on the right want to assassinate any of the three remaining?

During and after a crisis situation, people often realize that they have received a second opportunity that is not always afforded to others. Representative Giffords has been willfully disobedient to GOD’S will—supporting the MURDER of unborn babies and supporting homosexual behavior, among other things. As I’ve said before, I’m praying for her full recovery and for her full repentance and her turning to GOD, JESUS, the HOLY SPIRIT as her only true savior.

I have a C-SPAN book that lists her religion as Jewish. There was another Jewish individual, about two thousand years ago, who was given a second opportunity and took advantage of it. That individual was the Apostle Paul who described himself as the worst of sinners. “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” I Timothy 1: 15 (NIV) Just before, he wrote: “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” I Timothy 1: 12-14 (NIV)

The grace of our LORD has been poured out to Gabrielle Giffords and to the alleged shooter too. I pray she and he accept that grace and repent—turning to HIM for salvation, since salvation is ONLY through CHRIST JESUS. If Paul, who at one time persecuted and supported the MURDER of Christians, can repent; so can Gabrielle Giffords. If Paul, who at one time persecuted and supported the MURDER of Christians, can repent; so can the alleged shooter. If Paul, who at one time persecuted and supported the MURDER of Christians, can repent; so can any leftist. I pray they do!