JUST IN: Man sentenced to 7 life terms, 140 years in Arizona shooting
Tucson News Now: Convicted mass shooter Jared Loughner has been sentenced to 7 life terms in prison plus 140 years in the Arizona shooting that killed 6 and wounded 13, including former US Rep Gabrielle Giffords.
Giffords stood next to her husband Mark Kelly at the sentencing, as he read a statement. “For the first and last time, you’re going to hear from Gabby and me,” Kelly said. “Pay attention.”
Photo: Former US Rep Gabrielle Giffords. (Saul Loeb / EPA)
When people look back to when the sweet, caring (and maybe slightly awkward) Jared Loughner they knew, turned into…well, someone else, they always come back to the time, where his high school girlfriend broke up with him.
As most High School romances, it started fairly innocent. Both went to a football game at Mountain View High School, because they wanted to see their friends there. When they were introduced by each other by a friend, they quickly realized that they had several mutual interests, including classic rock and playing saxophone. They both were very shy and had never been in a relationship before.
“I liked his personality. He was nice, attentive. He was never rude. He had no interest in drugs or alcohol. He was respectful. He would give me compliments and never ignore me” recalled Kelsey Hawkes later. When she asked him if he would like to be her boyfriend, he replied: “"I was going to ask you!”
They started eating lunch with each other and playing saxophone together at their houses. Later, Jared would teach her clarinet, too.
Friends later remembered that Jared started to act more confident and extrovert when he got with Kelsey, but also withdrew from his friends.
In hindsight however, Kelsey can clearly see that their relationship wouldn’t last: “He was definitely in love with me but I’m not sure if I could say I was in love with him – it was typical teenage stuff.”
Over the last summer of their relationship, she realized that she wanted to be single- and broke up with Jared shortly before the start of the new school year. “I remember his face clearly – he just looked like he had nothing to live for. (…) Jared used to care about everything, his grades, school, his friends. That was when Jared was a normal person. It all stopped when we broke up.”
In the following months, Jared started to engage in alcohol and drug abuse. His world view appeared more and more bizarre to his friends. Jared became obsessed with the practice of lucid dreaming and the meaninglessness of words. He also developed an intense hate for Gabrielle Giffords after once attending a meeting of her and asking “What is government if words have no meaning”. Appeareantly, Giffords replied “Thanks for your question, next question please.”
Kelsey Hawkes would later state: “My breaking up with him was not the cause of him going off the rails but it was definitely the start of it”.
The fine print reads: “It is estimated that as many as 40% of people in this country with mental illness are not receiving treatment. Some are prone to substance abuse or disorderly conduct, while others may become serious or dangerous offenders. Only about 1/3 of offenders with mental illness receive treatment. Due to the stigma mental illness has received over time, many people are less likely to seek medical attention when necessary and fewer can afford it because insurance companies offer little to no coverage.”
Why doesn’t this make more people angry? Why doesn’t this make more people want to change?
The infamous video of Jared Lee Loughner, burning the American flag while wearing a plastic bag as trousers. According to a friend, Jared actually was under the influence of Salvia Divinorum while the video was filmed.
Take note that this is still Jared Loughner’s original Youtube-channel. Actually, it is his old Youtube-channel. He later made a new one for unknown reason, named “Classitup10” . You still can visit this channel, too.
The description he posted to the video are a good catch of his mindset. You can find his usual obsession with logic, as well as odd, random and mindblowing commentaries such as “I bet you can imagine this in your mind with a faster speed. Watch this protest in reverse!”
Jared Lee Loughner found incompetent: The gunman in the Gabrielle Giffords shooting is unable to stand trial, a federal judge announced today, in the wake of a courtroom outburst by Loughner. Doctors say that he’s mentally unstable and schizophrenic. He is to be hospitalized for four months, then reevaluated to see if he can stand trial. source
These are photos of right-wing haters in recent years – the first three terrorists actually killed people; the last guy only threatened to kill when he attended an Obama health care reform meeting in New Hampshire.
What’s appalling about what people like this do doesn’t end with the massacres they commit. What’s appalling continues with how the media treat them. The basic story line is: they are mentally disturbed individuals. Evidence is trotted out to prove the point. (In America, there’s the additional rush to prove the killer didn’t buy his gun legally, as if that actually matters or makes a difference.) In the greater scheme of things, terrorists like this all get to be seen as tragic but random perpetrators with no connection to each other.
Yes, the terrorists who shoot children and Congresswomen and blow up buildings and assassinate doctors providing legal abortions etc. etc. etc. generally have some form of mental illness, but they share something else as well – a right-wing ideology of hate. They hate government, liberals, immigrants, Muslims… and they kill what they hate.
When Muslim terrorists kill, they are said to be part of an organized world-wide enemy, or maybe members of independent cells who share a world-wide Islamic ideology. Little if any discussion of whether they might be disturbed individuals as well. But these white, right-wing Christian (or Western) terrorists like the ones shown above are just disturbed individuals, with little or no discussion of the right-wing extremism they all share in one form or another.
You tried to create for all of us a world as dark and evil as your own. But know this, and remember it always: You failed.
Gabby Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, to Jared Loughner. The 24-year-old Loughner has been given 7 life sentences and 140 years in prison for killing 6 and injuring 13 in a shooting rampage last year. Giffords was shot in the head but survived; Loughner pled guilty three months ago to 19 federal charges and has no possibility of parole. source