YouTube and MySpace links to suspected Arizona shooting gunman

By now many of you will have heard of the deadly shooting rampage that took place in Arizona earlier today where several people were killed and more injured, some of them now in a critical condition. It now appears that the man identified as being the suspected gunmen, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, had posted several videos on YouTube prior to his killing spree.

The videos tell of Loughner’s mistrust in the government as well as focusing on literacy and currency issues. One of the videos posted on December 15 includes text which says, “The majority of citizens in the united states of America have never read the united states of America’s constitution. You don’t have to accept the federalist laws,” according to Jana Winter over on Fox News. It goes on to say he doesn’t trust the current government and that the government is brainwashing the people and using mind control.

The shootings occurred at an event in Tucson, Arizona and two of the people who were killed were a 9-year-old child and an Arizona judge. Other victims included Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was critically wounded. According to the Fox News article Loughner has been identified as the suspect being held by law enforcement sources who wish to stay anonymous, but Loughner has not yet been publicly named. Details about Loughner on his YouTube page say that his hometown is Tucson and that he went to Northwest Aztec College and also Pima County Community College.

His interests are shown as reading books such as Mein Kampf, the Communist Manifesto and Animal Farm and another interest that Loughner listed was ‘conscience dreaming.’ Three months ago Loughner also wrote on MySpace about the Pima County Community College saying, “The teachers are taking advantage of you in the first and Fifth Amendment. The United States Constitution, which is the law, can be broken at this school. Thank you and goodnight.” The simple words “Goodbye friends” are the last entry written on his MySpace page.

To find out the latest on this incident head to a comprehensive article on The New York Times by Mark Lacey and David M. Herszenhorn which says that 18 people were shot in total at the “Congress on Your Corner” event where constituents were meeting with Gabrielle Giffords.

There still seems to be a little uncertainty about the numbers that were killed and wounded but President Obama has said that at least 5 were killed, while the Pima County Sheriff’s Department said that 6 had been killed. A total of 18 people were said to be wounded. If you have any comments you wish to share about this terrible incident then please do send them to us.