The Left has gone out of its way to blame Saturday’s tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on anyone to the Right of the Mensheviks. Among the first to pile on the blood libel was New York Times columnist Paul Krugman,who pinned the shooting on an alleged conservative “climate of hate.” Most of us countered that the murderer,Jared Lee Loughner,clearly seemed mentally ill,addicted to mind-altering drugs,or perhaps the victim of an LSD-induced psychosis. Krugman should read his own newspaper —and I rarely make that suggestion. The NYT reported yesterday that most assassins are unhinged,not politically motivated,and any intelligent American should have known that was the likely motive. That means those accusing Sarah Palin,Michele Bachmann,and the Tea Party of facilitating this crime are either unintelligent or transparently politically motivated (or both).
The New York Times reported yesterday,“A 1999 study of assassins and attackers found few common threads. Many had delusional ideas,but few heard voices;still fewer abused drugs or belonged to militant groups.”(Emphasis added.)
To make matters clearer,many of those who appear to kill for a political cause are merely demonstrating symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia. Forensic psychologist Dr. Michael Stone told the Times the paranoid mind…