Bloggers' Reactions to the Tragedy in Tucson
The shootings in Tucson on January 8 have left some of us speechless. Others, however, have used their blog space to talk about violent rhetoric, mental health, health care, community support, helping others understand and the general feeling of sadness and shock. We've been keeping an ear to the blogosphere to see what some of you are saying.
The following posts are in three different groups, but it should be noted that they represent a wide and (very) varied view of the events. Reading the lot of them in one sitting is not easy -- and, quite honestly, a bit overwhelming. However, each of them lends a special voice to the tragedy as we all try to make sense of what I think we can agree is an act of senseless violence.
And if you haven't yet, take BlogHer's poll on political discourse after the events in Tucson -- we want to hear what you think.
On Community Support
- Some Quick Thoughts on Today's Tragedy by Latino Politics Blog
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Tragedy by Liz Gumbinner at Mom 101
- No Words by Lesbian Dad.
- Show Support for the Jan 8th Shooting Victims by AliciaBlogs
- Tucson Leaves Me Wordless by Cristie at The Traveling Circus.
- On Being a Better Example by Arizona Writer.
On Mental Health
- On Mental Illness and Crime by Jill at Feministe
- Crazy Doesn't Have a Political Party by Adrienne Royer at Cosmopolitan Conservative
- Decoding Signs, Averting Violence by Susan Towers
- Did AZ Shooter Mean "Conscious," Not "Conscience"? by Nordette Adams of Whose Shoes Are These Anyway?
- Processing the Tucson Shooting by Meredith at Notes from the Asylum
- Tucson Tragedy: It's Time for Comprehensive Universal Mental Health by Josie Brown at Author Provocateur
- Every Mother's Nightmare by homebadger1215
- Would You Turn in Your Neighbor? by MidwesternMamaH
- Mental Monday: The Mental Health Lessons We Can Learn from Tragedy by Aimee at ain't yo mama's blog.
On Violent Rhetoric in America
- Where Inflammatory Rhetoric Can Lead - Congresswoman Shot in Arizona by Cristina at Working Mom Democrat
- Emily's List: Perhaps Liberals Should Stop Violent Rhetoric by Adrienne Royer at BlogHer
- Toning Down Rhetoric Is One Thing by Jill at Feministe
- Violent Verbiage and the Decoy of the Deranged by The Daily Femme
- Learning from the Tragedy at Tucson by Katie at Overflowing Brain
- The Arizona Shooting: An FAQ by Sady at The Tiget Beatdown
- Blood Libel by Suzanne at CUSS & Other Rants
- Both Sides Are Not Equally to Blame by Shannon at Peter's Cross Station
- One Lone Lunatic and the Looney Left by Anderson@Large
- No Title - Just read at Inconsequential Logic
- Conservatives for Assassination by Joy in this Journey
- One Tucsonan's Perspective on Saturday's Mass Shooting by Nancy Hill
- Politics by Lisse at Parenting, Politics, Pastiche.
- Insanity at Safeway, Sanity at Sephora by Adventures in Juggling.
We also told you that BlogHer Ashleigh Burrows was shot three times on Saturday. Her daughter has updated the post she made after the announcement, letting us know her mom is doing well. It should be noted, however, that Ashleigh wrote about the political unrest in Tucson ten months ago. Her post, titled, "Something's coming," is enough to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.
Have you written about the Tucson shootings? Please leave your link here. We'll try to update the lists, but encourage readers to click links in the comments as well in case we get behind.