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The Tucson Shooting

The unspeakable crime today in Arizona at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s constituent gathering outside a Safeway supermarket — which has taken the life of a nine-year-old girl, and injured others besides the congresswoman herself — was evidently perpetrated by a 22-year-old named Jared Laughner. It’s fair to say that the near-term political future of the United States will now be driven in part by the motivations of this one monster, a single evil soul in a nation of 308 million people.



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