I’ve just had a pseudo-philosophical moment here. I’ve found the underlining difference on how conservatives and liberals see the world.
Conservatives think people are by nature evil and smart. During one’s life, some people decide to become good and others decide to remain evil. Liberals on the other hand think people are by nature good and stupid. Evil is only possible when something (society, capitalism, etc.) turns someone evil. However, people remain stupid their whole life no matter what, with the exception of a very lucky few.
This Giffords case is a classic one. Conservatives think Loughner is simply an evil man who decided to act on his hatred. No gun law would have stopped this guy because he would simply work around it and find a way to get a gun illegally. There is no specific reason for him being an evil person. He simply decided, based on his own intelligence, that this is what he wanted to do with his life. The only thing we can do is to punish these people and try to find and stop them earlier next time.
Liberals think Loughner is simply another victim. First of all, because he is too stupid to know what he has done. We shouldn’t punish him, we should educate him. But also, they cannot even fathom the concept of someone simply being evil in the first place. It has to be society’s fault. Or his parents. Or his teachers. Or Republicans. If we had strict gun laws, he would be playing videogames at home because hey, people are just squirrels – they get distracted by bright lights. Most important, Liberals think that there has to be something you and I can do to prevent this kind of thing from happening. They truly believe that if he had free health care he would be a nice hippie. Oh, and let’s make sure Palin never uses crossfires in a map ever again!
So there you go. The Nobel Prize is a matter of time.