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Loughner Fixated On Giffords Since 2007

From the Wall Street Journal:

Suspect Fixated on Giffords

By JOHN R. EMSHWILLER, DEVLIN BARRETT and CHARLES FORELLE
January 10, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz.—Accused gunman Jared Lee Loughner appeared to have been long obsessed with U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

A safe at Mr. Loughner’s home contained a form letter from Ms. Giffords’ office thanking him for attending a 2007 "Congress on your Corner” event in Tucson. The safe also held an envelope with handwritten notes, including the name of Ms. Giffords, as well as "I planned ahead," "My assassination," and what appeared to be Mr. Loughner’s signature, according to an FBI affidavit…

Mr. Loughner had complained to a friend about how he was treated by the Arizona lawmaker during an event several years ago, which aggravated Mr. Loughner, according to the friend

Interviews with people who knew Mr. Loughner suggest the shooting followed a slow unraveling in the life of a seemingly peaceful young man…

Mr. Loughner was a scrawny, average teenager with a mop of curly hair. He played saxophone at football games and jammed with a friend’s garage band. In his freshman and sophomore years at Mountain View High School, Mr. Loughner flew under the radar.

"All he did was play video games and play music," said Tommy Marriotti, a high school friend. Mr. Marriotti said much of Mr. Loughner’s free time was devoted to the school band. He wasn’t especially political, Mr. Marriotti said, though he expressed frustration with the Bush Administration.

Christina Lunderberg, 21, a high school bandmate, said Mr. Loughner, as a saxophone player, "was really good and talented, and arrogant." …

But around the 10th grade, Mr. Loughner seemed to have "a mental downfall" following his break-up with a girlfriend, said Mr. Montanaro, who responded to questions via email.

Mr. Loughner started acting strangely, Mr. Montanaro said, and "his friends changed from people like us to more, drug oriented people I suppose." He quit playing saxophone and was eventually ignored by his old friends. "Jared really became an outcast," he said.

Friends say by his junior year Mr. Loughner used drugs and his grades slumped. He didn’t return for his senior year.

In 2007, the year he would have graduated from high school, Mr. Loughner was arrested in Pima County and charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to court records. His case was dismissed.

Mr. Loughner went "through a tagging phase" in 2009, said Mr. Montanaro, painting graffiti, using phrases from literature. He also would sit in unlocked cars, he said, until the night he was chased off by one car’s apparent owner

Mr. Loughner later enrolled in classes at Pima Community College, where he became disruptive and unstable.

Math instructor Ben McGahee said Mr. Loughner’s frequent off-topic outbursts during an algebra course last summer frightened other students. On his first test, Mr. Loughner wrote "Mayhem Fest!!!" in large letters, Mr. McGahee said.

Mr. McGahee said he tried to remove Mr. Loughner from class on several occasions, but college officials didn’t agree

Zach Osler, a high school friend, also noted Mr. Loughner’s slide. During his sophomore and junior years, Mr. Loughner became "progressively more weird," Mr. Osler said. He described an erratic young man who would talk excitedly about his theories of "conscious dreaming"—but would also fall into unnerving, long stupors of silence and stare fixedly at his buddies.

Oddly enough, Mr. Loughner never seemed to learn how to spell the word ‘conscious.’ (He always spelled it ‘conscience.’)

Mr. Osler, 22 years old, also said Mr. Loughner told him he was unhappy at home. Mr. Loughner’s parents have been unreachable since the shooting

It is funny how little we have heard about the parents. Usually, they are the first people that our watchdog media investigate.

Mr. Montanaro said he last spoke to Mr. Loughner last May, when his friend talked about hunting for a job and getting in shape. Mr. Loughner "really wanted to join the military" to help obtain better work skills, said Mr. Montanaro. "He worked out for months getting fit" but was eventually turned down, Mr. Montanaro adds

A person familiar with the matter said he wasn’t accepted because of a failed drug test.

Mr. Montanaro said his friend "was never really political," but "really tried to be philosophical." Mr. Loughner liked "contemplating the meaning of words and the origin of language," Mr. Montanaro said.

That interest might have triggered Mr. Loughner’s first meeting with Ms. Giffords in 2007. Mr. Loughner said he asked the lawmaker, "How do you know words mean anything?" recalled Mr. Montanaro. He said Mr. Loughner was "aggravated" when Ms. Giffords, after pausing for a couple of seconds, "responded to him in Spanish and moved on with the meeting."

Mr. Montanaro recalled his friend developed "a hate for government and just how everything was systematic…He thought government controlled people too much."

It is also a little peculiar that this article makes no reference to the tweets from Loughner’s High School friend, Caitie Parker, who says that he was an "extreme" liberal. Ms. Parker also was the first to report his 2007 confrontation with Rep. Giffords.

"I really can’t understand why Jared was so interested in Giffords," Mr. Montanaro said. "I imagine it was simply because she was the most accessible."

We suspect there is a lot to this hypothesis.

We will once again note that in 2007 nobody had heard of Sarah Palin, the Tea Party – or even ‘healthcare reform’ – or even the Arizona immigration bill SB 1070.

But certainly the media and the rest of the left wouldn’t want to blame Mr. Loughner’s actions on drugs. Drugs are sacred to their agenda – and vital to expanding the Democrat political base.

Lest we forget, even Arizona just voted to legalize ‘medical marijuana’ a few weeks before Mr. Loughner bought his pistol. But it will be his ability to get a gun that the media will seize on. Not his ready access to mind damaging drugs.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, January 10th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Loughner Fixated On Giffords Since 2007”

  1. proreason

    It is interesting that we haven’t heard anything about the parents (or relatives). Which, probably means that what they have to say doesn’t fit the script that the liberal’s midia has already written.

    And the shooter’s 3 year grudge against a relatively moderate and not very well known congress critter is also interesting. The first contact with her was when she didn’t answer a non-sensical question with enough gusto to suit him. Reports are that she didn’t say very much…because there wouldn’t have been much to say to a question that didn’t make sense. But the fact that he held a grudge for 3 years seems to indicate he was already starting to lose his mind even that long ago.

    What seems most likely is that he is genuinely mentally ill, and that drugs haven’t been helping. Who wants to bet that the parent’s story will be that they gave up trying to help him after he got lost in the drugs? That probably isn’t completely true, but i’ll bet that’s what they say about him. They may also have some choice words for the school system.

  2. merkelerk

    I agree, it is more than likely that the parents/family don’t fit the Liberal template of “hate filled conservatives” and so the MSM will bury any input from them.

  3. tranquil.night

    @pro & merk – it was buzzing around early on that Momma Loughner worked for Pima County government and that it was somehow related to his watered down criminal record. There’s definitely a media attempt to steer the narrative away from the parents and their jobs, using the easy cover that they’re getting an insane number of death threats, etc.

    The best lead I have on this bit right now is from Tattler at PJM, who explains his source. Please keep in mind that this remains speculative:

    “It was also suggested that further pressing of charges would be unnecessary and probably cause more problems than it solved as Jared Loughner as Jared Loughner has a family member that works for Pima County. Amy Loughner is a Natural Resource specialist for the Pima County Parks and Recreation.

    Scattered reports on the internet that Pima Parks and Recreation website has been altered. Also more accounts of Jared’s supposed reign of terror in the recent weeks since he was kicked out of school:

    “Jared Loughner has been making death threats to many people in Pima County, including staff of Pima Community College, radio personalities and local bloggers. When Pima County Sheriff’s Office was informed, his deputies assured the victims that he was being well managed by the mental health system.”

    http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler.....-loughner/

    The source apparently claims to have seen the original police report. While incompetence so gross as this seems impossible even the world Janet Incompetano and ObamaCare, Steve makes the important note that police were aware of the 2007 encounter between Giffords and Loner.

    No media inquiries or speculation into this. No, this shooting is clearly the Tea Party’s fault.

    That clip of Mark Penn talking about how Obama needs his own Oklahoma City moment is so vital now. I remember being disturbed hearing it then, but hearing Leftists use disturbing rhetoric isn’t exactly that uncommon and the impact is blunted. I hadn’t remembered that clip even though we were seeing the Left gleaming that this was Obama’s great tragic crisis moment.

    You either believe things happen for a reason or it’s all random. Boy they must be pissed at Rush for digging up that byte. He did it so deftly, making the case without even saying it. It’s likely that on top of the sick politicization we got a cover up.

    • proreason

      I caught about 20 minutes of Rush today. He was as agitated during that segment as I’ve heard him be. He seems to think the left is using this tragedy to attack talk radio directly.

      I’ve been trying to figure out myself what the mania has been all about, particularly considering how transparent it is, and how it isn’t based on anything. The talk radio play makes sense. It’s the “climate” you see. Sure, the shooter wasn’t directly involved with any right wing groups or thought, but we all know the “climate” is so destructive. And really, we HAVE to do something.


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