By: David Bailey ©
January 10, 2011


It shouldn’t amaze me, but it does, that pundits and politicians will take any tragedy and try to turn it into an opportunity to bang their political drums.  The tragedy in Tucson is no exception.  It started with the Pima County Sheriff, Clarence Dupnik, when he took it upon himself to make baseless innuendos and comments during a press conference that placed the blame of this act of violence on the shoulders of “those who spew vitriol” and in a roundabout way blamed it on the citizens of the state of Arizona because, in his words, “we have become the capitol, the mecca for prejudice and bigotry”.  The word exploitation comes to mind when reliving his press conference.  The only thing that Sheriff Dupnik has proven in his baseless comments is that it is time for him to retire and be thanked for his 50 years of law enforcement service.

Everyone wants a reason why these things happen.  The fact is that there is no good reason why these things happen.  Some killers use their right wing beliefs, some killers use their left wing beliefs and most use some convoluted reasoning in their own mind as to why they commit these horrific crimes.  As soon as I read the ramblings of the killer, Jared Lee Loughner, on his Facebook and YouTube postings, I quickly made my unscientific diagnosis that he was probably schizophrenic.  Schizophrenics commonly think in a circular or spherical motion that only makes sense to them.  It is not uncommon for schizophrenia to not become apparent until the person is in their 20’s.  Nothing about the killer’s actions or words indicate that his motivations had anything to do with right wing talk show hosts or politicians.  Even though left leaning politicians and media pundits would like you to believe that this horrible, criminal, act was motivated by right wing hate, there is no evidence or proof that this is the case.  As a matter of fact, the killer listed Marx as some of his reading and a friend has indicated that he was actually quite liberal and his beliefs were quite left leaning. 

The bottom line is that we will never have a sufficient answer as to why these innocent people were killed and wounded.  No matter the killer’s reason, it will never be good enough.  Now we need to focus on healing and honoring the dead and the heroes of the moment.

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RIP Deputy Suzanne Hopper & Officer Jillian Smith

We have had 15 law enforcement officers killed since the first of December.  None more covered than the killing of Ohio Deputy Suzanne Hopper and Arlington, Texas, Officer Jillian Smith, who gave her life protecting an 11 year old girl from a gunman.  Both American heroes in their own right.  God bless and comfort those who were left behind. 

Coverage of Officer Smith.


 Coverage of Deputy Hopper.



Private First Class Austin Staggs of Weatherford, TX was killed on November 29, in the Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, along with 5 of his battle mates.  Pfc. Staggs died of wounds suffered when an insurgent attacked their unit with small arms fire.  Also killed in the attack were:

                Sgt. 1st Class Barry E. Jarvis, 36, of Tell City, Ind. 

                Staff Sgt. Curtis A. Oakes, 29, of Athens, Ohio. 

                Spc. Matthew W. Ramsey, 20, of Quartz Hill, Calif. 

                Pfc. Jacob A. Gassen, 21, of Beaver Dam, Wis.

                Pvt. Buddy W. McLain, 24, of Mexico, Maine. 

They were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.

********** UPDATE **********

I had the honor of escorting Pfc. Staggs home yesterday.  As part of the Patriot Guard Riders, we escorted Pfc. Staggs and his family from his arrival at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth to the Mt. Olivet Funeral Home.  His funeral will be Saturday morning.  Check for full details.

God bless Pfc. Staggs' family and friends.

PFC Austin Staggs Arrival - 12-09-2010 



Is it possible to be a conservative, believe in Constitutional rights, such as the Second Amendment, and not support extremists?  Absolutely!  I bring this video to your attention as a reminder that if you wear a uniform, you are a target to extremist on either side of the polictical spectrum.

This is a video produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center on the killing of two West Memphis, Arkansas, police officers on May 20, 2010.  The suspects were a father and son team who were part of the "sovereignty movement".  They were both killed during a shootout with police later the same day.



Patriot Guard Riders Movie Trailer