The left’s new poster boy for the anti-tea party narrative is a guy named Eric Fuller, a 63 year old disabled veteran who was one of the unfortunates injured during Jared Loughner’s shooting spree, last Saturday. Here’s what he had to say about the shooting in a Democracy Now! radio interview:
“It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the rest got their first target,” Fuller says.
“Their wish for Second Amendment activism has been fulfilled,” Fuller ranted on, “senseless hatred leading to murder, lunatic fringe anarchism, subscribed to by John Boehner, mainstream rebels with vengeance for all, even 9-year-old girls.”
That’s the first time I’ve seen John Boehner linked to “Murder Incorporated”, the scary, gun totin’, Constitushun-loving cabal of sub-moronic hicks led by Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck in the far left’s fevered imaginations.
To the casual observer, Fuller’s rantings would seem disgusting, disgraceful, and a bit unhinged. But don’t question him – the left’s new icon has “Absolute Moral Authority”.
What, then, are we to make of this?
Shooting rampage victim arrested at ABC-TV town hall meeting
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 Tea Party representative Trent Humphries rose to suggest that any conversation about gun control be put off until after the funerals for all the victims, witnesses say Fuller became agitated. Two told KGUN9 News that Fuller finally rose, 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. Several witnesses said that what they thought they heard him shout was, “You’re all whores!”
Deputies have now charged Fuller with one count of threats and intimidation, and said they plan to charge him with at least one count of disorderly conduct. Humphries told KGUN9 News that he does plan to press those charges.
The irony could not be more pointed, or painful. One of the issues discussed in the town hall meeting was the question of why no police or mental health professionals had ever intervened with Jared Lee Loughner, despite his increasingly bizarre behavior that had included disruptive outbursts.
Poor lefties. Their unhinged anti- tea party meme just can’t catch a break.
He has an excuse, yo! – Post traumatic stress:
Fuller’s actions could be a response to the trauma he suffered a week ago, said Dr. Laura Nelson, deputy director for the behavioral health sciences division at the Arizona Department of Health. “Grief after what happened here in Tucson last week is a completely normal reaction, and … anger is a very common symptom of grief,” said Nelson, who had been invited to speak at the forum. “I hope that he’ll get the help that he needs to get through this very difficult time.”
Fuller, who works as a signature collector for political initiatives, was about 10 to 15 feet away from Giffords, talking to her volunteers, when the shots erupted on Jan. 8. He said earlier this week he was hit by a bullet when he dove to the ground to play dead. He said that because he didn’t have any medical training to help others, he decided to walk to his car and drive himself to the nearest hospital.
Hat tip: Weasel Zippers