Arizona Tragedy Is Not The First of Its Kind

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The massacre that has left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition and ended the lives of a several others, including 9-year old Christina Green, is all over the news.

In witnessing this tragedy from afar, the most unfortunate loss amongst those who have passed is that of Christina Green. Why? Because she was only nine years old. Another person violently ripped away her opportunity to experience life. A murder of a child is one of the worst things that can happen in society.

Christina Green is not the first  young girl  to have been murdered in the state of Arizona. In May 30th, 2009, 10-year-old Brisenia Flores was murdered, along with her father, during a home invasion in which Shawna Forde, Gunny Bush, and Albert Gaxiola were the alleged intruders. Shawna Forde and Gunny Bush had ties to the Minutemen, an organization dedicated to anti-immigration causes.

When Brisenia Flores was murdered, there was no national uproar on the scale of this current tragedy. Clearly, part of the disparity in coverage is due to who the targets were. In the current shooting, a sitting congresswoman was targeted and a federal judge was murdered. Brisenia and her father, on the other hand, were regular citizens, much like Christina Green. But that still does not excuse the mainstream media and other public figures from culpability in ignoring equally evil acts just because there is no personal benefit in doing so.

In the immediate aftermath of the assassination attempt on Rep. Giffords, a grotesque politicization ensued. Commentators pointed fingers (and are doing so right now) at right-wingers for pushing Tyler Loughner over the edge with their hateful rhetoric. Others are claiming that this could have been prevented if stricter gun laws were in place. But as it stands right now, all of these allegations are purely speculative and are nothing more than the human’s need to explain and place blame for an abominable act. There may be no blame to place further than the individual who acted.

Even if it turns out that the shooting could not have been prevented and no clear “blame connection” from society to Loughner can be constructed, people will still clamor for a solution, just to reconcile what one thinks society should be and what it actually is: a cruel place.

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