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Arizona Tragedy

Recorded on January 10, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

The awful shooting in Arizona demonstrates the always-unpredictable nature of mayhem. A horrid situation is made even worse, though, by the efforts of some to twist every tragedy for their own political purposes.

This was not caused by over-exuberant political speech. There's nothing to show that the gunman was motivated by anything other than his own sick delusions.

All parts of the political spectrum could improve their civility, and should do that. But that didn't cause this rampage. Yet some are calling to bend the First Amendment to ban speech they don't like, while others try to push their agenda of taking firearms away from law-abiding citizens.

But the clearest conclusion is this—we have too many political players who try to take political advantage of tragedy—and that's another thing the American people are just plain fed up with.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.