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I am writing to express my disgust and disappointment in the editorial cartoon that the Monitor chose to run on Friday.
It has been less than a week after the shootings in Tucson, with Rep. Giffords still in critical condition and several other victims still hospitalized.
In this context, to depict “The Left” — whatever that means — as a “madman, firing indiscriminately” at unspecified victims while there are actual victims of an actual shooting rampage is nauseating.
I grew up in Tucson, where my mom still lives, and Gabe Zimmerman was a friend of hers.
This tragedy involved real people who were killed or wounded, not abstract ideas. Perhaps in Augusta, GA, where the cartoon originated, Tucson is seen as some far-off Wild West town, but in Los Alamos there are many people with personal connections to Tucson for whom this is all too real.
President Obama, in his address at the memorial service in Tucson, said:
“[D]ebating what might be done to prevent such tragedies in the future is an essential ingredient in our exercise of self-government.
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