Washington’s top five most ridiculous reactions to the Arizona shooting

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4. Use the Federal Communication Commission’s power to finally get that dastardly Rush Limbaugh off the air (or at least get him to stop being so mean)

Highly ranking House Democrat Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina said this week he wants to reimpose the so-called “Fairness Doctrine,” which would force radio and television broadcasters to bring guests they disagree with on air and provide equal time to “both” sides of an issue.

“Free speech is as free speech does,” Clyburn told the Charleston Post and Courier. “You cannot yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater and call it free speech and some of what I hear, and is being called free speech, is worse than that.”

According to the paper, Clyburn’s daughter, an FCC commissioner, said she opposes her dad’s idea “any way shape or form.”

5. Since the alleged Tucson gunman liked to smoke pot, the federal government should impose tougher drug laws

Last but not least, take it away, former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum:

After horrific shootings, we hear calls for stricter regulation of guns. The Tucson shooting should remind us why we regulate marijuana.

Jared Lee Loughner, the man held as the Tucson shooter, has been described by those who know as a “pot smoking loner.”

He had two encounters with the law, one for possession of drug paraphanalia.

We are also learning that Loughner exhibited signs of severe mental illness, very likely schizophrenia.

The connection between marijuana and schizophrenia is both controversial and complicated. The raw association is strong:

  • Schizophrenics are twice as likely to smoke marijuana as non-schizophrenics.
  • People who smoke marijuana are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia as those who do not smoke.

But is correlation causation?

Increasingly experts seem to be saying: “Yes.”

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  • Zordlyng

    I bet he drove a car as well. We should ban automobiles. I wonder what stores he shopped at – maybe we should start investigating their other patrons as well.
    On a serious note, in reply to proposal #1.
    I think they day polititians are encased in plexiglass to spout their arrogance is the day the rest of us are slaves.
    If they don’t have the fortitude to stand up for what they say, then they should be shown the door.
    If they are scared for their lives about how they voted on a specific bill, or the rhetoric they sling, isn’ that telling you something itself?
    To rockon53, what are you talking about “hate speach”? Just cause you don’t like something doesn’t make it hate speach.
    I HAVE heard things on msnbc and air america and huffington posts that concern me about the mental states of those people. But the fact is – Do we need to shut them down? No, they are shutting themselves down. Their product isn’t what most Americans want. Sure there are the immature amongst us, but they could grow up at any time.

  • rockon53

    If radio and television stations can’t control all the hate speech. Maybe it time for the Fairness Doctrine to be place back into law. With free speech comes responsibly.

    • ramp59

      Yea and we all saw how well the “Fairness Doctrine” worked. Assassinated or attempted assassinations during the reign of the “Fairness Doctrine”..JFK, Malcom X, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Wallace, Medger Evers. You can’t control the mind of a crazy person by having equal time on Radio and TV.

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  • usatrac

    With regards ti number 5, pot was the cause, one big problem with that. People that know him have stated that 2 years ago he quit pot cigs booze everything and became very preachy to all of them. They also stated that after going cold turkey, he became WORSE AND WORSE as the months passed by. They also stated that they see no way he could have failed a army drug test, due to the fact that he was not only not taking drugs, he was actively and constantly chastising his friends and trying to prevent them from using drugs, coffee, tobacco and alcohol. This went on for almost two years and he was well known for these positions. Additionally, several of his friends have stated that he has had an ongoing fixation with the politiciam he targetted going back to 2007 when he asked her at a town hall meeting “What is government if words have no meaning” for which she had no response and moved on. This lack of response severely upset him and he became focused and obsessed with that for years, according to several of his friends.

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