Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Friend Says Loughner "Did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides."

Now, can we get on to addressing the REAL problem of untreated mental illness?

Here's a moving interview with Zach Osler, a high school friend of Arizona shooter Jared Loughner. It should dispel the myth that Loughner was somehow motivated by right wing political speech but I doubt it will. The left is making too much hay with that whopper to give it up. One U.S. Senator, the socialist Bernie Sanders of Vermont, is even using the tragedy as a fund raising tool. Why give up a good thing?

Osler's interview is compelling; especially when Ashleigh Banfield of Good Morning America showed Osler the mugshot of Loughner. Choking back the tears Osler said: "I can't look at that....scares me...I wish I could have helped him....something I could have done or said to help him or get him help....that's why it's hard to look at the picture of him, it looks like a monster."

From Media Bistro: Osler says his friend wasn’t shooting at people, “he was shooting at the world.” Regarding the high-pitched talk radio and cable news political rhetoric, Osler says his friend didn’t even watch the news.

"He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right."
So, can we begin addressing the REAL cause and getting help for others like Jared before the next tragedy strikes?

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