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Reader's view: Assassination is political

The right and the left seem to agree that accused Tucson shooter Jared Loughner's intentions couldn't possibly have been political because they appeared to be the product of a deranged mind.

The right and the left seem to agree that accused Tucson shooter Jared Loughner's intentions couldn't possibly have been political because they appeared to be the product of a deranged mind.

This is wrong on two counts. First, "political" does not refer only to squabbles between Democrats and Republicans. And second, people with severe mental illness can still have political sentiments.

Loughner seemed concerned with governance, the power of the few exercised over the many. This is what we mean by "political." He wrote about "assassination" and indicated his target would be Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. How can that be anything other than "political"?

Viki Day

Duluth

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