Hampton Sides Essay on Giffords Shooter in Newsweek

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.

An excerpt:

“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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2 Responses to “Hampton Sides Essay on Giffords Shooter in Newsweek”

  1. David says:

    Thank you for having the courage to speak what needs to be said. The vitriol from the so called conservatives may induce the mentally weak to acts of violence against our elected politicians or civic leaders. Lessons from Ray and King seem to be lost. I appreciate
    your voice and love your novels. Keep the faith and please keep writing.

Dansette

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