Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011

Tim Pawlenty

As it relates to the shooting, based on what we know today, this appears to be the act of a mentally deranged individual who undertook an irrational and senseless set of behaviors. To jump from that to some sweeping judgment or conclusion, based on those facts, would be premature, incomplete and unfair, particularly if you try to assign blame to any one individual or institution or outlet or the like. All of that being said, we could all benefit from a more civil and thoughtful discourse. But I don't think based on the facts as we have them here today that this incident is connected in any direct way to some inappropriate political statement, act, symbol, person, institution. It doesn't appear to be the case.