What’s in a Name (a person)

Loughner, the Tucson murderer, is clearly crazy.  In an earlier blog post, I said Loughner represented an “anti-gospel.”  After reading some of the findings of the Secret Service study on would-be assassins, I think I can say that Loughner is anti-gospel, if not anti-Christ.  (I don’t mean he is the Antichrist or anything like that.  I simply mean his actions represent a polar opposite outlook from the gospel).  Here is an excerpt concerning the Secret Service study concerning folks like Loughner:

“It was very, very rare for the primary motive to be political, though there were a number of attackers who appeared to clothe their motives with some political rhetoric,” Fein says.

What emerges from the study is that rather than being politically motivated, many of the assassins and would-be assassins simply felt invisible. In the year before their attacks, most struggled with acute reversals and disappointment in their lives, which, the paper argues, was the true motive. They didn’t want to see themselves as nonentities.

“They experienced failure after failure after failure, and decided that rather than being a ‘nobody,’ they wanted to be a ‘somebody,’ ” Fein says.

They chose political targets, then, because political targets were a sure way to transform this situation: They would be known.

The study, in a sense, confirms what I stated in an earlier blog post, namely, that Loughner’s actions represent the anti-gospel.  Where Christ says discipleship (that is, following Him) begins with denying self, then taking up your cross, then following Christ, Loughner’s actions were just the reverse.

If he fits the typical profile of a political assassin, he did this for his own fame.  He did this solely for himself—to make a name for himself so that he would not be forgotten.  He wanted to be somebody.  So, he killed somebody.  In fact, he killed 6 somebodies. . .

Where Christ died so others might be given His fame, Jeff Loughner killed so that others would make him infamous.  That’s all.  For the reward of making his name known, he killed …  No wonder he got upset that one of his subduers was hurting his arm.  He made himself his own idol.  He was bloodthirsty for a name.  So, he robbed families of names they loved.  Jeff killed  John Roll, Christina Taylor Green, Gabe Zimmerman, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard, and Dorothy Morris to make sure someone would remember know his name.

Such action is clearly anti-gospel.  It is the spirit of anti-Christ in the sense that Christ offers exactly the reverse.  Christ died, laying down His own life so that others might enjoy the benefits of receiving His name.

Perilous cures after Tucson–Michael A. Walsh – NYPOST.com

“Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) wants to ban speech that “threatens” public officials in the interests of “toning down the rhetoric.” Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) wants to reinstate the so-called Fairness Doctrine to regulate talk radio. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) plans to introduce a law banning the carrying of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a “high-profile” government official.”

via Perilous cures after Tucson–Michael A. Walsh – NYPOST.com.

It is astounding how the first instinct of our leaders after a tragic shooting is to pass new laws addressing tangential, political issues.  Wouldn’t it be much better if we all started with making sure Loughner faces justice?  If we upheld justice and accountability, everyone would be better off than if we tried to make political hay from a senseless murder.

For my part, I think, if guilty, Mr. Loughner should be executed.  Carrying out the death penalty would be a good reminder to us all that life is sacred.  (Here is why the Death Penalty is important).

YouTube – Tucson Shooting Hero Joe Zamudio Sets Ed Schultz Right On Owning A Pistol

YouTube – Tucson Shooting Hero Joe Zamudio Sets Ed Schultz Right On Owning A Pistol.

After a long diatribe against gun ownership, Ed Schultz gets a quick refutation from reality.  Joe lives in the real world with real sin and evil.  So, He has a realistic view of gun ownership.

Yet, leaving aside the whole gun issue for now, I want to comment on the startling audacity of sin.  This Loughner guy has just killed 6 people and shot dozens of rounds which injured many more people.  When he is subdued, he cries, “Ow, you’re hurting my arm.”  Incredible.

This is exactly how sin works, isn’t it?  You must not hurt me.  I must not be injured or inconvenienced, while I go about doing whatever I want without regard for others.  It is shocking.  I know this Loughner guy appears to be insane (and I am sure that he is).  But his remarks are very consistent with the nature of sin.

Sin nature traps us all (though not to this degree, Thank God).  Christ is, therefore, candid about the call to follow Him.  It comes with, “Deny yourself” as the starting point (Luke 9:23).  We must deny ourselves, take up our crosses (not our swords or pistols) and follow Christ.  Unfortunately, Loughner did just the opposite (rejected Christ, rejected the cross, and completely indulged his sinful appetites).

[P.S. Doesn’t Joe look like a grown up O.P. Taylor?]