Limbaugh Points To Metal As A Possible Reason Behind Tucson Massacre

Posted by on January 10, 2011

Unless you’ve been away from a TV or computer screen for the past two days, then you’ve probably heard about what happened on Saturday, January 8 in Tucson, AZ. In an assassination attempt on Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (who is still in critical condition), 22 year old Jared Lee Loughner killed six individuals, including U.S. District Judge John Roll and a 9 year old girl, while 12 others were shot. Many in the press have pointed blame to the gun-themed rhetoric causally held by ultra conservatives and tea party members. However, conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh recently gave his reasoning on why the press shouldn’t blame tea partiers for Loughner’s actions.

What does this have to do with anything regarding metal? Well, The Huffington Post reports that among Limbaugh’s many points or arguments is that Loughner was a fan of heavy metal. “The guy listened to heavy metal, and some of that anarchist stuff. We’re dealing with an insane individual,” Limbaugh claimed. Apparently, it was discovered that Loughner is a hard rock/metal fan through his MySpace page, where he posted a comment about attending a concert of Fear Before (formerly known as Fear Before The March Of Flames).

I won’t go into further detail about his other points, because a majority of them only add into the political feud that some would argue has led us to such disturbing altercations. However, I will take issue with the one point I mentioned above by saying this: really? So being a metal fan automatically implies that one has psychotic tendencies? This is the same absurdness that made metal fans scapegoats following the Columbine shootings. It is unfair to blame a whole audience of a genre for the hate-filled and horrific actions of one sick individual. Our love and appreciation for a style of music has been far too often used as a scapegoat for whenever a young individual does an unthinkable act. So no disrespect, Mr. Limbaugh, but not all metal fans are depraved individuals who only care about bringing pain onto others. The typical long-haired metalhead isn’t any more inclined to violence than, say, a pill-popping, vitriol-spewing douchebag that’s been married four times.

On a side note, our best wishes go out to the families and friends of those who lost loved ones during this horrific event.

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4 Comments

  • Gab says:

    Why the fuck am i not surprised?

    Obviously metal is way more dangerous than being able to legally buy a gun at 7-Eleven.

  • Why would anyone need to “respond” to this. If anyone needs to respond it is the entire political spectrum and all of those whose words and gun and battle rhetoric, starting with the president, “incited this to happen.”

    I loathe Limbaugh, but frankly find the irony of finger pointing hilarious. To take what has been an enormous tragedy and turn it into a vindictive, vicious, “get the rope” circus is offensive to me.

    I stay out of politics for this reason. I hate the insane minds that gravitate there. Just open up any article and read 2 pages, and go to ANY news source. It’s like reading the mail from a murderer, it violates every sense of decency you can imagine.

    The witch hunting that is taking place ought to be a cause for deep concern. People are being unjustly attacked here, and the end result is A CONTINUATION ON OF THIS TYPE OF THING.

    If the president were any kind of man, he’d man up to his own use of violent rhetoric and from him others should follow. EVERYONE is at fault. Though some would use this to dismantle the future of a hated and feared opponent, it is just unethical and beyond deeply disturbing. If you want to see the OPPOSITE then expected reaction, I hope these witch burners continue on with their wrath.

    Those pointing fingers are going to find that the evidence shows THEY WERE ENGAGED IN THE EXACT SAME THING AND ARE GUILTY AS CHARGED.

    I am ashamed we live in a country where this kind of thing takes place. It frightens me, tremendously disappoints me, and makes me feel more than ever disconnected from the government. Some serious mental illness is being revealed here.

  • Many points or arguments is that Loughner was a fan of heavy metal. “The guy listened to heavy metal, and some of that anarchist stuff. We’re dealing with an insane individual,” Limbaugh claimed. Apparently, it was discovered that Loughner is a hard rock/metal fan through his MySpace page. -You might have a point in this phrase. Metal music can also disturb one’s mind.

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