For a while, this website will focus on trying to understand the events surrounding Tucson from a Jungian viewpoint.
Any thoughts or comments readers have would be appreciated. (Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like your ideas to remain anonymous.)
It seems to me that this event has very much struck at the heart of America, even more so than any of the far too many mass shootings we have had, including Columbine and Virginia Tech. I am not sure why–perhaps because a member of Congress was involved, perhaps because it came in the midst of over-heated political rhetoric, perhaps because the internet and conspiracy theories were so involved. This was the first time in any of the tragedies that a President came to give a major talk at the scene.
My work over the last thirty years as a forensic psychologist in Alaska has involved assessing many people similar to Jared Loughner for whether they are dangerous and should be allowed to attend school, and (much more frequently) whether they should be committed to a psychiatric facility. Additionally, I have been frequently involved in evaluating people for the Alaska equivalent of “Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity” — which is “Guilty but Mentally Ill.” (I also was involved in a federal case where the death penalty was sought, which is likely to become an issue.)
As a result of my interest in the Jared Loughner case, I have established a website about articles related to the case: www.loughner.info. Much of the material used in the trying to formulate a Jungian view of the events will come from that website.
For a starting understanding of the facts in the case, I would recommend the Wikipedia entry on Jared Loughner.