Passionate Sanity

Background

There is little doubt that Jared Lee Loughner shot U. S. Representative Gabrielle Griffiths, a federal judge, a nine-year-old girl born on 9-11, killing the latter two. This occurred on Saturday morning, January 8, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona. Current commentary is passionate and emotional. I am reminded of the “Rally to Restore Sanity” in November of 2010, sponsored by Jon Stewart. Some of the materials that restore sanity.

Sane Process

Link to Federal Indictment via Talking Points Memo showing probably cause to indict Jared Lee Loughner for attempted murder and murder of individuals serving in federal capacity, including Gabrielle Giffords, entered in federal court on Sunday evening after Saturday’s shootings. State charges await a Grand Jury, must be filed within 30 days.

Indictment of Jared Lee Loughner for murders, attempts to kill federal employees

The link below, via Daily Kos, assesses the legal implications (and explains the cool language that omits the “civilians” shot, except for a paragraph that acknowledges their deaths.

The Federal Indictment in the Giffords Shooting

Discussion

In the aftermath of the shootings two days ago, I’m trying to wall off the commentaries and implied commentaries designed to amp up the emotions of horror and revulsion, without a concomitant call for sanity: a 9-year-old girl born on 9-11 dead; crazy talk-show rhetoric; saner columnists for the nytimes blaming Republican/Tea Party rhetoric; saner columnist for nytimes Opinionator recalling extremist rhetoric on both left and right. What we do now is mourn, what we do now is cool and collected, a matter of justice for federal and state courts. 

Let us remember that the US gets some things wrong, and some things right. We hope that in this case, getting it right involves the FBI and the Judiciary, and the coolness of precedent and procedure.