It's human nature to want to blame someone or something when a tragic event happens. We feel that if we can isolate the source of what caused our pain, we can excise it and prevent future grief. Such was the case when a gunman opened fire at a shopping center in Tucson. Within a rather short period of time, pundits were pointing fingers, ironically using heated rhetoric to say the heated rhetoric of others fueled the killer's rage. But the sad truth is that even though the suspected shooter was captured, we may never know the catalyst that caused him to pull the trigger, even if he tries to explain it to us. Mark David Chapman blamed Catcher in the Rye. Charles Manson blamed The Beatles. Their motives made sense to them, but left everyone else even more confused. So there may be no real explanation for what happened in Tucson. And while that's not the answer we may all be looking for, it may be the one we eventually have to live with. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?
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