Jared Lee Loughner is charged with killing six people and wounding others in the recent tragedy in Arizona. Days of media coverage has raised controversy, speculation and a sea of voices all trying to handle and assess what seems almost incomprehensible in a civilized nation.
It has become abundantly clear that Loughner’s motivations were not merely political but were born of an imbalance in his life, and his thinking that may have been induced by one or more of several sources.
Knee jerk responses from newsmen, pundits and broadcasters have been deplorable starting with blame laid on Sarah Palin. Franklin Graham has decried that initial misguidance and almost anyone with a level head in the matter including this writer has joined those who realize that Sarah Palin has absolutely no culpability at all in the matter.
Naturally those who are analyzing the motives have resorted to the common wisdom of the day and assigned psychological reasons for Loughner’s behavior. A few of my friends asked about the possibility of demonic influence, and I had to concur with them that this would be a very likely possibility given the circumstances of Loughner’s life and private pursuits.