"And I think he's irresponsible," said the sheriff.
No. The sheriff is irresponsible.
If there is no evidence that conservative politicians or talk shows influenced the life of Jared Loughner, is there any evidence of what might have?
"His Tucson neighbor, Grant Wiens, said Loughner used to speak critically about religion and also talked about how he liked to smoke pot," the AP eventually reported.
"Hidden within a camouflage tent behind Jared Lee Loughner's home sits an alarming altar with a skull sitting atop a pot filled with shriveled oranges," the New York Daily News reported on Monday.
"A row of ceremonial candles and a bag of potting soil lay nearby, photos reveal," the Daily News said. "Experts on Sunday said the elements are featured in the ceremonies of a number of occult groups."
"On YouTube, Loughner's profile listed Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' 'The Communist Manifesto' and Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' among his favorite books," The Washington Post reported on Sunday.
Would it be fair to at least entertain the hypothesis that Loughner's disdain for religion and admiration for the writings of Marx and Hitler had some connection with his manifest disregard for morality and the sanctity of human life?