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    Super Moderator Newmexican's Avatar
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    Jared Lee Loughner was a registered independent, didn't vote

    Jared Lee Loughner was a registered independent, didn't vote in 2010 election
    By Chris Cillizza
    Suspected Tucson gunman Jared Lee Loughner registered as an independent voter in Arizona in the fall of 2006, according to the Pima County Registrar of Voters.

    Loughner registered to vote on Sept. 29, 2006, identifying himself as an independent. Records show he voted in the 2006 and 2008 elections but is current listed as "inactive" on the state's voter roles -- meaning that he did not vote in November.

    The political affiliations of Loughner, who is being charged by state and federal authorities with the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) as well as 19 other victims outside a Tucson grocery store on Saturday, have become the subject of a white-hot partisan debate in recent days.

    In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, liberals sought to paint Loughner as an anti-government, tea party conservative. Conservatives retorted that Loughner lacked anything close to a coherent political philosophy -- a case strengthened by subsequent glimpses into his personal life that suggests someone struggling with mental illness.

    Loughner's decision to affiliate as an independent rather than a Republican or Democrat would seem to affirm the sense that while he targeted Giffords in the attack, it was not a decision born of a set of deeply held political beliefs that fit neatly into either party.

    By Chris Cillizza | January 10, 2011; 5:28 PM ET ... regis.html
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    Senior Member tiredofapathy's Avatar
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    Gabrielle Giffords was a target of opportunity, and one that had apparently summarily dismissed Loughner publicly in a prior encounter. That previous rejection of his scattered ideology made her the object of his twisted affections, and her geographic proximity and accessibility opened wide the window of opportunity to fulfill his insane fantasies.

    It's all just as simple as that, and evidence will prove the theory out.

    Shame on the leftists and liberal progressives for trying to make more of it than it is for their own political gain. That misstep will come back to haunt them repeatedly, and well it should.

    What they attempted to do at the expense of the victims and their families is unforgivable and ultimately evil in nature. Let the families grieve, the judicial system do it's work, and the nation heal.

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