Memphis native Hampton Sides, a former writer for Memphis magazine and the author of renowned books like “Hellhound on his Trail”, has an essay in the current issue of Newsweek. It’s a comparison of the shooters of Martin Luther King Jr. and Gabrielle Giffords, as well as the shooter’s motivations.
“Sadly, the events in Arizona last week carry many odd hints and echoes of the events in the spring of 1968 that culminated in King’s death at the hands of James Earl Ray. Then, as now, the country was fighting an intractable and apparently interminable war against a hard-to-find enemy on the other side of the planet—a conflict that had drained the nation’s coffers and left the populace fatigued and paranoid. Then, as now, the airwaves seethed with reactionary speech. Then, as now, gun sales were going up, up, up.”
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