Saturday, January 8, 2011
Jared Loughner 22-year-old accused gunman allegedly shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and others, including a child and federal judge who died from their wounds.
Critics of Sarah Palin have already drawn a link between the shooting and the fact that the former Alaska governor put Giffords on a "target list" of lawmakers Palin wanted to see unseated in the midterm elections.
In March, Palin released a map featuring 20 House Democrats that used rifle crosshair images to show their districts.
(You can see it above.)
...click to enlarge.
Critics suggested at the time that she was inciting violence by using the weapons imagery and for later writing on Twitter to her supporters, "'Don't Retreat,-RELOAD!"
"We're paying particular attention to those House members who voted in favor of Obamacare and represent districts that Senator John McCain and I carried during the 2008 election," Palin wrote when she released the target list.
She specifically cited Giffords and then went to say: "We'll aim for these races and many others."
(Copy shamelessly lifted from CBS.)
This was bound to happen sooner or later. The "Tea Party" appeals to the fears, and resentments of millions. One of them was eventually going to take the battle cry of "Second Amendment Solutions", or "Remedies", literally. The 2nd Amendment referring to the right of citizens to own weapons.
Other than this I don't know what to say. The obvious is if you repeatedly appeal to the country's worst instincts crimes like this 'will' happen.
We have a contrived political movement based on hatred, and fear. Which is backed up by a television network, and extremists radio personalities. Such a tragic combination can't help, but eventually produce deadly results.
"When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous."
"Unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital for this behavior. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry."
Pima County Ariz. Sheriff Clarence Dupnik