The events today in Arizona were horrific and disturbing to say the least. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, including federal judge John Roll, and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition.
Not much is know yet about the suspected gunman, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, but it's not tough to surmise from what little internet evidence there is that this was a kid with some political anger. People who knew him in school called him "a political radical," but it's still unclear which side of the fence he fell on. This photo at right has been released by the AP, from a book fair in March. But this may be a YouTube video he made, in which he appears disguised, with one arm bound, and burns an American flag in the desert to a heavy metal soundtrack. It's called "America: Your Last Memory in a Terrorist Country!" and it was uploaded in October. The lyrics to the song playing include "the bodies hit the ground." Some screenshots of his Myspace profile have gone around, and of the few photos there, there is one of a gun sitting on top of a photo labeled United States History. Also, he has several other videos on his YouTube Channel that are more insane-seeming, and text-based. In one he declares, in text, "I define terrorist."
This is the video, which would normally just seem like your average adolescent protest art piece: