two counts of unlawfully killing a federal employee
Uhh, what? Isn't that usually called murder? Or is there some lawful way?
Anyway, Loughner sounds like an all-out crazy, and I doubt that he could have been talked out of doing what he did, so I don't really blame his friend for not answering the phone. But it does make me wonder, too. I also wonder if maybe this friend feels like he has a little of that blood on his hands because of it.
It's also disappointing that the comments in these posts are all basically idealogues finger-pointing at each other, in an effort to pin this guy's actions on some political group. He's not a terrorist - terrorists claim responsibility for acts like this, and nobody has or will - he's just a complete lunatic. But, America is so heavily invested in the whole OMG U TERRIST crap that it's almost impossible to talk about crime outside of those terms.