Well, it's happened again.
A man barged into the Arkansas Democratic headquarters and opened fire Wednesday, fatally shooting the state party chairman before speeding off in his pickup. Police later shot and killed the suspect after a 30-mile chase.
Little Rock police spokesman Lt. Terry Hastings identified the suspect as Timothy Dale, 50, of Searcy. Police said they don't know a motive. However, they said that moments after the shooting he pointed a handgun at the building manager at the nearby the Arkansas Baptist headquarters. He told the manager "I lost my job," said Dan Jordan, a Baptist convention official.
Right now, we have a lot of fanatics who are listening to the Michael Savage and Bill O'Reilly types. Many of these people are desperate, poor and unemployed. They're spurned on by a worsening economy and the buzz of an election. They're dangerous, quite frankly, especially when they're told (and believe) the hate speech that passes on the public airwaves every day as 'right-wing commentary.' They're told that liberals and gays are the cause of their problems and they're out to cleanse us.
Of course, most of the people who hear this speech and like it aren't quite so crazy as this most recent murdering scumbag. However, even in those cases there's still a major effect. It's effecting policy, it's effecting the intellectual curiosity of this country and it's effecting civil rights. The fact that the economy is going bad is only exacerbating these problems. A stronger economy will do a lot to solve these problems across the country, as will a purging of the hate speech over the public airwaves (hopefully by corporations that realize the damage they're doing to this country). However, unless we own this problem and realize that hate speech leads to hate-inspired attacks against groups of people, then these problems will get worse before they get better.
There will always be mentally unhinged people in this country, but the current policy setters aren't doing society any favors, and the current tone of this country and its corporate media owners are exacerbating the problems and feeding the hatred. Something's gotta give, or we're only going to see more examples of this Little Rock shooting - and those will only be the obvious examples.