Guest Spot: Tea partyers call for prayer, not blame, after Arizona shootings

01/11/2011 12:11 PM |

The Suffolk County 9-12 Project joins all citizens in condemning the horrific attack, allegedly committed by Jared Loughner, in Tucson, Ariz., in which six innocent victims were killed and 19 were wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, at a constituent event on Saturday.

Suffolk County 9-12 Project is a tea party organization that believes in achieving our goals through peaceful means and engaging the citizenry in the political process. We by no means condone acts of violence in any way, shape or form. We are committed to the rule of law, upholding the Constitution and promoting limited government.

We mourn the loss of life and those who were wounded in this senseless tragedy and act of violence. Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to Ms. Giffords, as well as to the massacre victims listed below:

Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, was Ms. Giffords’ director of community outreach. Dorwan Stoddard, 76, went to the event with his wife, Mavanell, who was also wounded. In his final act of courage and love for his wife, he threw his body down over hers, taking the gunshots that would mortally wound him. They were high school sweethearts. A memorial service was held for him Tuesday.

U.S. District Court Judge John M. Roll, 63, had attended Mass Saturday morning before stopping by the event. Phyllis Schneck, 79, a Tucson retiree from New Jersey, got a robo call to attend the event. Dorothy Morris, 76, also a Tucson retiree, recently moved from Reno, Nev. Christina Taylor-Green, 9, who was born on Sept. 11, 2001, was with family friend Susan Hileman. Christina was attending the event because she was interested in politics and meeting Ms. Giffords.

It is important to note that there were several heroes who arose in this horrific slaughter. Joe Zamudio and Dan Badger, a retired U.S. Army colonel, tackled and knocked down the 22-year-old suspect. They held him and pinned him down until police arrived, while another bystander pushed his knee onto Mr. Loughner’s neck. Prior to that, Patricia Maisch, who authorities have praised for her amazing quick thinking, grabbed the 31-shot clip from Mr. Loughner’s hand as he reached for it from his pocket to reload.

It was the incredible heroism of Ms. Maisch, combined with the efforts of Mr. Badger, Mr. Zamudio and others, that saved additional lives. They acted while giving no thought to their own lives.

We call on our elected officials to refrain from using a senseless tragedy as a platform to propagate their own political agenda. In a time of crisis and mourning, certain leaders have been assigning blame to specific groups and individuals in a shameless and reprehensible attempt to gain stature for their position. We, at the Suffolk County 9-12 Project reject that kind of political posturing. It is apparent from all accountings that this was a deeply disturbed individual who, despite numerous attempts by school officials and authorities, was on a downward spiral with apparently little or no direction from his parents, with whom he lived. The media’s attempt to broad brush and demonize tea party and conservative groups as well as individuals only illustrates their lack of respect, honesty and integrity for the American people and, more important, those who lost their lives and the wounded.

We urge all tea party patriots and citizens to pray for the victims and their families during this difficult time.

Mr. and Mrs. Meyer are Baiting Hollow residents and cofounders of the Suffolk County 9-12 group.



12 Comment

  • The tactic of the far right: if the liberals get loud, the right starts FOAMING.

  • The tactics of of the far left.

    Nvver waste a crisis to shut down opposition speech and shred the second ammendment.

    The Democrats were dancing in the blood of Tucson at the thought this might be a conservative, or better yet, a “baby killing” veteran.

  • I have read the comments made by congressman Tim Bishop and have found them
    very disturbing.only hours after this horrific event He posted comments in a Riverhead paper Blamming the Tea party and the republican party for what happened in Arizona without any evidence at all .I am grateful That Bob and Mary has set the record straight and highlighted the irresponsible uncovered Congressmans Bishop prejudiced attitude

  • Bishop’s behavior is reprehensible…as usual. The minute the news broke over the weekend, I knew sure as God made little green apples, the Left/Progessives would immediately look to condemn Conservatives in some way, shape or form. Bishop did not disappoint.
    I just watched an interview with Gov. Rendell, staunch and radical Progressive who is condemning the response from the Left and the Right. When the commentator asked him to elaborate on how the Right misbehaved, the only one, and VERY weak example he could come up with, was the Sarah Palin statement…which was, in fact, an answer to the completely unwarranted attack which came her way from the Left. As a Tea Party Member, I can attest We, The People are determined to change Washington THROUGH PEACEFULL MEANS. You will NEVER hear hateful vitriol from our people…the sort of comments our President is famous for, “they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”
    only very weak specific he could come up with is the Sarah Palin statement…which in fact was an ANSWER

  • I don’t know why the few existing Long Island tea partiers are even responding or telling us all these things we already know.

    This was a waste of space.
    H. Kelly

  • The Meyers are the same people who attacked the Republican candidate for Congress and now they have what they deserve, Tim Bishop.

  • Dewey, Cheatum and Howe we all know who runs that firm.

  • You guys got $crewed.

  • On principle, terminate him and fight it out in court.

  • What happened to Rachlin in Greenport?

  • Is he running out of school districts?

  • the Patch notes a quote by a Wainscott board member stating that Rachlin isn’t receiving benefits from Wainscott in his agreement.

    That means Oysterponds will be paying his lifetime health care during his work in Wainscott.

    Just sayin’….it looks like both districts have got their hands on a real beauty here.