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January 12, 2011

Arizona Newspaper To Sheriff Dupnik: "Get a grip! we have to say at last . . . enough. Enough attacks, sheriff. Enough vitriol "

Pima County sheriff should remember duty

The Arizona Republic

On Saturday afternoon, with his friend Gabby Giffords in surgery fighting for her life, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik railed against the tense partisan politics – “the anger, the hatred, the bigotry” – that prompted the mass murders outside Tucson, in his view.

And, jarring as such claims may be, we understood. Or tried to understand, despite the spectacle of a lawman – an official whose very job it is to dispassionately gather facts and to maintain order and calm – tying the attack on Rep. Giffords and others to political speech in Arizona, which he considers prejudiced and bigoted. There is no evidence that the state’s politics in any way contributed to this atrocity.

Was Dupnik unnecessarily inflammatory? It seemed so. But it came mere hours following a horrific, bloody mass murder. If you weren’t on edge, you weren’t being human. But then, on Sunday, the venting continued anew. And a horrified nation began paying closer attention to the Pima County sheriff.

The world’s eyes, once again, focused on Arizona for the worst of reasons. And Dupnik stood before the cameras interpreting the shootings as politically motivated, despite an increasing weight of evidence depicting the shooting suspect, Jared Loughner, as a mentally ill young man who rambled incoherently about pervasive bad grammar and other apolitical obsessions. Even Dupnik has observed that Loughner had made death threats against others and that they had been investigated by police.

Still, Dupnik used the opportunities to blame Arizona’s lax, new gun laws and, again, the angry “rhetoric” of talk radio. The shootings were spurred, he suggested, by “the rhetoric about hatred, about mistrust of government, about paranoia of how government operates.”

Dupnik took up his cause again on Monday. And, in response, we have to say at last . . . enough. Enough attacks, sheriff. Enough vitriol. It is well past time for the sheriff of Pima County to get a grip on his emotions and remember his duty.


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Wild Thing's comment........

The sheriff’s public pronouncements have been reprehensible. And this happened on HIS watch and there were warnings about this shooter and the sheriff ignored them....all of them.

Posted by Wild Thing at January 12, 2011 05:47 AM


All this guy is a political hack for the Democrats who has no interest in upholding the law.

Posted by: BobF at January 12, 2011 07:49 AM

This jerk should resign immediately. It is obvious from his inability to remain a law enforcement official and not a political hack, that he is not qualified to be dog catcher.

Posted by: MrHappy at January 12, 2011 10:34 AM

If he as sheriff will not obey the law, why should anyone else. He should rersign and apply for the job of obama's White House spokesman.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at January 12, 2011 11:02 AM

The Daily KOS is the only web site hhat called for Gifford to be dead. This sheriff seems willing to take a contract.

Posted by: Avitar at January 12, 2011 11:09 AM

This is the Sheriff who directs the traffic of Illegals North,then turns around and says its Rush's fault for the Shooting. He's giving the Defense a Star Witness, himself.

He should be fired.

Posted by: Mark at January 12, 2011 04:28 PM