Re: Congresswoman Giffords Shot in Tucson
- From: "Leo" <leo@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:53:27 -0500
"comadrejo" <comadrejoagua@xxxxxxx> wrote in message news:comadrejoagua-622622.16094410012011@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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"bella" <tinydancer@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> I am trying to recall an incident of the left committing the violence?
> Of course one of the most memorable violent incidents is the shooting > of
> Harvey Milk and Mayor Musconi, (sp?). And the shooting of Governor
Here ya go; I doubt you have the attention span or honesty to accept the
facts of your leftist-liberal-progressive-socialist hate mongering:
Can I say, way out of context?
Violence isn't cool, and I know plenty of crazy intolerant lefties who
think I am a RINO, but I like how Michelle Malkin has to put some anti
Hispanic slurs in her little list.. The mugshots of the pie throwers
were especially sinister.
If you want a discussion, read this..
Jared Loughner, the man accused of shooting Ms. Giffords, killing a federal judge and five other people, and wounding 13 others, appears to be mentally ill. His paranoid Internet ravings about government mind control place him well beyond usual ideological categories.
But he is very much a part of a widespread squall of fear, anger and intolerance that has produced violent threats against scores of politicians and infected the political mainstream with violent imagery. With easy and legal access to semiautomatic weapons like the one used in the parking lot, those already teetering on the edge of sanity can turn a threat into a nightmare.
Last spring, Capitol security officials said threats against members of Congress had tripled over the previous year, almost all from opponents of health care reform. An effigy of Representative Frank Kratovil Jr., a Maryland Democrat, was hung from a gallows outside his district office. Ms. Giffords's district office door was smashed after the health vote, possibly by a bullet.
The federal judge who was killed, John Roll, had received hundreds of menacing phone calls and death threats, especially after he allowed a case to proceed against a rancher accused of assaulting 16 Mexicans as they tried to cross his land. This rage, stirred by talk-radio hosts, required marshals to give the judge and his family 24-hour protection for a month. Around the nation, threats to federal judges have soared for a decade.
It is facile and mistaken to attribute this particular madman's act directly to Republicans or Tea Party members. But it is legitimate to hold Republicans and particularly their most virulent supporters in the media responsible for the gale of anger that has produced the vast majority of these threats, setting the nation on edge. Many on the right have exploited the arguments of division, reaping political power by demonizing immigrants, or welfare recipients, or bureaucrats. They seem to have persuaded many Americans that the government is not just misguided, but the enemy of the people.
That whirlwind has touched down most forcefully in Arizona, which Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik described after the shooting as the capital of "the anger, the hatred and the bigotry that goes on in this country." Anti-immigrant sentiment in the state, firmly opposed by Ms. Giffords, has reached the point where Latino studies programs that advocate ethnic solidarity have actually been made illegal.
Its gun laws are among the most lenient, allowing even a disturbed man like Mr. Loughner to buy a pistol and carry it concealed without a special permit. That was before the Tucson rampage. Now, having seen first hand the horror of political violence, Arizona should lead the nation in quieting the voices of intolerance, demanding an end to the temptations of bloodshed, and imposing sensible controls on its instruments.
I believe this is what most of us have been, although less eloquently, attempting to say. The tone and tenor of mostly far-right politics has become highly charged with visual and psychological violence rather than simple a civil discourse.
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