political rhetoric such as Sarah Palin's inflammatory 'Don't react, reload' for triggering the Safeway massacre? For her "cross hairs" metaphor?
Can we blame the crazies who ran for Congress using references to the "Second Amendment," such as Sharron Angle who ran against Harry Reid in Nevada: "I hope that's not where we're going, but you know if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out." --Nevada GOP Senate nominee and Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle, floating the possibility of armed insurrection, interview with right-wing talk radio host Lars Larson in Portland, OR, January 2010
Can we blame Michelle Bachman from Minnesota for using a similar reference? Bachmann said she wanted Minnesotans "armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back."
I can, and I will. Words have consequences, words lead to deeds, crazy people such as Jared Laughner then go out the shoot people. So far, six have died and others remain in critical condition.
Jane and I send our sympathies to those who are fighting for their lives, all those wounded, the families of the six who died and to Gabrielle Giffords. I am, quite frankly, reeling in shock. I had a store of several adoption issues to write about today, but I wanted to pay my respects to this national tragedy and all the people involved, and send a warning to all who use such inflammatory language with references to guns and shooting.
We can hope that this desperate act of a crazy man puts an end to the ratcheted-up rhetoric and that no more lives be lost. Sarah Palin: This is on your head. May your career rest in peace. --lorraine