Due to my schedule, I was completely unaware of recent events due to sleeping right through them. A quick skiming of my LJ friends list revealed something was amiss. A bit more searching and more detail came out. If you're wondering where the voice(s) on "the right" saying this was a bad thing are, a few are right here.
I've seen some folks going on about Sharon Angle's line about "second amendment remedies" which was, "I hope that's not where we're going, but you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies. They're saying: My goodness, what can we do to turn this country around?" Note the first part, "I hope this is not where we're going..." and then the conditional, "..if this keeps on going the way it is..." It's clear, except to those who do not wish to see, that whatever else might have been problematic with Angle, she was calling for peaceful change as a means of preventing a violent change. Gee, where I have heard that before? Ah, yes, John F. Kennedy said it, "Those who make peaceful change impossible make violent revolution inevitable." On a Tuesday in November, a peaceful change occurred.
This is not a case of revolution, however. It is a case of crazy. Crazy knows no specific political affiliation. One side or another might try to paint the crazy into being something for or of an opposition, but the crazy is still just crazy, no matter the paint job. Was the shooter on the right? Some would like to believe that - and more importantly, like others to believe that. Was he on the left? Some would like to believe that - and more importantly, like others to believe that.
The curious thing that has seemingly been forgotten, or is perhaps a thing some hope people forget, was that 4 to 6 years ago and earlier there were a number (admittedly a small number, thankfully) of folks who were agitating for (or at least tweaking folks about) what could be called "second amendment remedies" to the then-current administration. Where are these people now? They were wrong then, and this crazy is (or, these crazies are) wrong now.