James Eric Fuller, one of the Arizona shooting victims from January 8, 2010 when Jared Lee Loughner shot 19 people and killed 6 of them, instantly became a poster boy for the far left when he publicly blamed Sarah Palin, John Boehner, Glenn Beck and others for Loughner going off the deep end.
Seems in the rush to declare a "victim" believed that, not many decided to find out anything more about Mr. Fuller.
Two things are clear from Saturday's ABC News town hall meeting in Tucson. One: Tucsonans are eager to move forward and recover from last week's horrible shooting rampage. And two: that process is going to be slow and painful. That latter point was driven home by the arrest of a shooting victim, who threatened a speaker during the taping of the program.
The reason he was arrested:
The theme of the event was "An American Conversation Continued" -- the idea being to continue the conversation that a madman's brutal rampage had interrupted. So it was inevitable that the conversation would eventually turn to politics. It did, toward the end, with Amanpour leading a discussion on a very touchy but obvious topic: gun control.
That's where the atmosphere turned tense. When Tucson Tea Party founder Trent Humphries rose to suggest that any conversation about gun control should be put off until after the funerals for all the victims, witnesses say Fuller became agitated. Two told KGUN9 News that finally, Fuller took a picture of Humphries, and said, "You're dead."
When State Rep. Terri Proud (R-Tucson) rose to explain and clarify current and proposed gun legislation in the state, several people groaned or booed her. One of those booing, according to several witnesses, was Fuller. Witnesses sitting near Fuller told KGUN9 News that Fuller was making them feel very uncomfortable.
The event wrapped up a short time later. Deputies then escorted Fuller from the room. As he was being led off, Fuller shouted loudly to the room at large. Several witnesses said that what they thought they heard him shout was, "You're all whores!"
Fuller, age 63, is a political operative who specializes in gathering petitions for ballot initiatives. Before the program began, he passed out business cards to people sitting around him that read:
"Expediting Initiatives since 2006
"J. Eric Fuller
Fuller has been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility, according to the Pima County Sheriff's Office.
So, considering the left has been on a week long rampage that the American public has not bought into for the record, of blaming conservatives for Loughner's actions on Jan. 8, does this mean the far left blame themselves for inciting Fuller into issuing death threats?
Sadly ironic huh?
Fuller and Loughner are responsible for their own actions. Political rhetoric is not. The use of metaphors is not. The use of symbols is not.
The left do not seem to understand the comparisons nor the sad irony here.
More on Eric Fuller on his profile page for Hypnothoughts.com.