The nation grieved Sunday when a gunman opened fire in Tucson, wounding 13 and killing six, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl who wanted to meet her congresswoman.
The suspected shooter, Jared Loughner, who allegedly targeted Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, complained about the government in online diatribes, according to The Associated Press.
While Tucson may be 800 miles away from Colorado Springs, the same kind hate can be found right in our backyard.
“He did what we all want to do anyway,” a commenter whose online moniker is Cost61 wrote about the shooter in a story about the deadly rampage.
“Start killing off government,” the unidentified commenter wrote at 12:10 a.m. Monday.
Cost61 was spewing hate again yesterday.
“He would be better off dead,” Cost61 wrote in a story about Councilman Tom Gallagher’s plans to run for mayor.
“He does not care at all about the tax payers. Never has!” the commenter wrote.
The post raised a red flag among other readers.
“Clean it up Cost 61!” a commenter named Actionjackson wrote early this morning. “Really, considering all that has transpired this week in AZ and to our country you have a poor choice of words. Hate speech is a weakness that diminishes your opinion.”
Less than four hours later, Cost61 defended the maliciousness – and the shooting spree in Tucson.
“I am all for what happened in AZ,” Cost61 wrote online in response to Actionjackson’s post. “An American finally had enough and did something about it.”
The initial comment about Gallagher triggered several complaints and has been removed, and Cost61 has been banned from commenting on gazette.com.