Guest Spot: Suffolk tea partiers condemn Arizona attack

01/11/2011 12:13 PM |

The Suffolk County 9-12 Project joins all citizens in condemning the horrific attack, allegedly committed by Jared Loughner, in Tucson, Ariz., in which six innocent victims were killed and 19 were wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, at a constituent event on Saturday.

Suffolk County 9-12 Project is a tea party organization that believes in achieving our goals through peaceful means and engaging the citizenry in the political process. We by no means condone acts of violence in any way, shape or form. We are committed to the rule of law, upholding the Constitution and promoting limited government.

We mourn the loss of life and those who were wounded in this senseless tragedy and act of violence. Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to Ms. Giffords, as well as to the massacre victims listed below:

Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, was Ms. Giffords’ director of community outreach. Dorwan Stoddard, 76, went to the event with his wife, Mavanell, who was also wounded. In his final act of courage and love for his wife, he threw his body down over hers, taking the gunshots that would mortally wound him. They were high school sweethearts. A memorial service was held for him Tuesday.

U.S. District Court Judge John M. Roll, 63, had attended Mass Saturday morning before stopping by the event. Phyllis Schneck, 79, a Tucson retiree from New Jersey, got a robo call to attend the event. Dorothy Morris, 76, also a Tucson retiree, recently moved from Reno, Nev. Christina Taylor-Green, 9, who was born on Sept. 11, 2001, was with family friend Susan Hileman. Christina was attending the event because she was interested in politics and meeting Ms. Giffords.

It is important to note that there were several heroes who arose in this horrific slaughter. Joe Zamudio and Dan Badger, a retired U.S. Army colonel, tackled and knocked down the 22-year-old suspect. They held him and pinned him down until police arrived, while another bystander pushed his knee onto Mr. Loughner’s neck. Prior to that, Patricia Maisch, who authorities have praised for her amazing quick thinking, grabbed the 31-shot clip from Mr. Loughner’s hand as he reached for it from his pocket to reload.

It was the incredible heroism of Ms. Maisch, combined with the efforts of Mr. Badger, Mr. Zamudio and others, that saved additional lives. They acted while giving no thought to their own lives.

We call on our elected officials to refrain from using a senseless tragedy as a platform to propagate their own political agenda. In a time of crisis and mourning, certain leaders have been assigning blame to specific groups and individuals in a shameless and reprehensible attempt to gain stature for their position. We, at the Suffolk County 9-12 Project reject that kind of political posturing. It is apparent from all accountings that this was a deeply disturbed individual who, despite numerous attempts by school officials and authorities, was on a downward spiral with apparently little or no direction from his parents, with whom he lived. The media’s attempt to broad brush and demonize tea party and conservative groups as well as individuals only illustrates their lack of respect, honesty and integrity for the American people and, more important, those who lost their lives and the wounded.

We urge all tea party patriots and citizens to pray for the victims and their families during this difficult time.

In Liberty, Bob and Mary Meyer, Suffolk County 9-12 Project

Mr. and Mrs. Meyer are Baiting Hollow residents and cofounders of the Suffolk County 9-12 group.



3,777 Comment

  • Is thisHow about “this was a deeply disturbed individual” who had far too easy access to a handgun and ammunition?

  • “The media’s attempt to broad brush and demonize tea party and conservative groups as well as individuals only illustrates their lack of respect, honesty and integrity for the American people and, more important, those who lost their lives and the wounded.”

    This would be funny, if it weren’t so tragic. This is just the kind of fictitious, politically-paranoid rant that some experts say can trigger delusional individuals, as Mr. Loughner may be, to become violent toward those they are led to believe are oppressing them. From this letter it appears that at least some leaders of the tea party movement haven’t yet learned that it’s possible to disagree politically without demonizing their opponents — such as accusing them of being closet socialists or Marxists; or that the media, when reporting on what may be the less-savory aspects of their movement, are neither taking sides in the political debate, nor illustrating “their lack of respect, honesty and integrity for the American people” or anyone else.

    The constant stream of invective and falsehoods (such as the continuing fairy-tale of death panels) that spews from right-wing radio and television commentators and political personalities (and yes, matched by some on the left, though certainly nowhere near the volume of that from the right) may have had nothing directly to do with motivating an apparently troubled young man to undertake his heinous deeds in Tucson — but then again, it might. In either case, exploring the question is the obligation of the media and the very opposite of showing disrespect to the victims or the American people in general.

  • Well said Eric and Cinclow20.

    I mourn the victims and am grateful to the heroes. I will donate to causes working to prevent future terrorist incidents. There are 3 high priority issues.

    #1. The solution is related to the cause. America needs to work on promoting civil consensus. Civil consensus requires protecting debate and respecting all points of view. The tea party should not stop at the Constitution. We need to return to the Quaker ideals that made America good. “America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good America will cease to be great.” Alexis De Tocqueville

    #2. The right to bear arms was never intended to apply to criminals. Guns need to be licensed and available only to those who use them properly. Every crime is a combination of intent and opportunity.

    #3. To focus on the priorities we need to ignore distractions. This article should not have been about the tea party Suffolk County 9-12 Project. Denying blame is a low priority issue. Assigning blame is the role of law enforcement. Terrorism anywhere affects everyone everywhere. We should stand united for peace and justice. Terrorists win when we let them divide us.

  • References:

    >> Penn learned the valuable skills of forming ideas into theory, discussing theory through reasoned debate, and testing the theories in the real world.
    <> The treaty of Shackamaxon included:
    The white man and red man are to be as brothers. All paths are to be open to both.
    The doors of the settler will be open to the Indian, and those of the Indian to the settler.
    They will not listen to false reports of one another.
    If quarrels arise, they will be settled by a jury of six on each side and then forgotten.
    <> Democracy in America predicted the violence of party spirit and the judgment of the wise subordinated to the prejudices of the ignorant.

  • “The media’s attempt to broad brush and demonize tea party and conservative groups as well as individuals only illustrates their lack of respect, honesty and integrity for the American people and, more important, those who lost their lives and the wounded.”

    Just the opposite, I’ve listened to Ch 4, 7, 13, CNN, MSNBC. I read Newsday & the NYTimes and I am appalled to hear & read almost every commentator and newsreader beat the same drum, saying we should NOT blame tea partiers & Repubs for this tragedy. Nonsense, I’ve only heard the right wingers claim they are not to blame. What media are you referring to blaming tea partiers and Repubs? The only blame game being played is the right wings’ “we’re not to blame” as if anyone has.

    They said the same thing after the rampage killing in the church in Kentucky by a gun nut, who left a note parroting Glen Beck/Limbaugh/Coulter how liberals are traitors and are trying to destroy the USA by installing the “gay agenda.”

    The police reported they found in his home books by the 3 mentionned, along with neo-Nazi, racist tracts & far right conspiracy nuts who believe the Catholic Church, Soros and the Chinese are sending in Mexicans to take back the Southwester states taken by the U.S. NOBODY BLAMED THE TEA PARTY OR THE RIGHT WINGERS FOR THE TUCSON KILLING. IT IS ANOTHER LIE. It is interesting though that after the Kentucky rampage Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter were out on the hustings pounding h table they can’t be blamed for the action of some crazed gun nut. No, and never charged either. Why, they hate violence. The Myers tell us to pray for the victims at the end of their diatribe against those out to blame the right, as if suddenly they remembered they had not shown enough attention on the victims as they had on the “media” and liberals supposedly blaming them.

    They’ve had plenty of practice in denying causal relationship of angry rhetoric and anti-U.S. government lies by people who seem to hate the U.S. Government and preach it is unConstitutional to tax citizens. It is the hateful U.S. Government confiscating money earned by citizens, instituting death panels, out to confiscate guns as if they were dangerous, lethal instruments or that citizens have the right to be safe and not fearful of gun violence. Much of the early TeaParty leadership came out of Minutemen that was fading with some leaders in jail for killings, including a 9 yr old girl and her father in Tucson no less and being identified with neo-Nazi and white supremicist individuals. They saw a much better way to mainstream their vitriol in the Repub party they could take over. God forbid anybody blame the right, the Repubs, the Tea Party for drenching our nation in guns, for hating our nation, for planting the wires in gunslingers heads so they become schizophrenic. That’s crazy. There is no causal relationship.