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Monday, January 10, 2011

Gabrielle Giffords

The shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and many others in Arizona Saturday saddens me. This tragedy involves mental illness and Arizona’s lax firearms laws. I also suspect violent Republican rhetoric as a factor. If you listen to AM950 or MPR or watch MSNBC, you will notice that the rhetoric is not violent. There is a better way. Let’s choose love before hate, peace before war, life before death, in keeping with the KV of Nonviolence.

2 Comments:

At Wed Jan 12, 06:02:00 PM CST, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Today Sarah Palin justified her violent rhetoric with even more violent rhetoric, using the term “blood libel” to liken us to Nazi propagandists who accused Jews of cannibalism.

 
At Mon Jan 24, 09:21:00 PM CST, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Palin later said that "blood libel" means being falsely accused of having blood on your hands. We are left wondering what is going on in the mind of a paranoid schizophrenic. We know that he was distrustful of government, a common Republican theme. We know that Giffords was one of the reps in the crosshairs of Palin (I don't approve of Dem "targets" either), and that Palin said, "It's not time to retreat, it's time to reload," and that Palin has hunted animals from a helicopter. Michele Bachmann said, "We need to be armed and dangerous on this issue." Sharon angle talked about "Second Amendment remedies" if your candidate doesn't win. Bill O'Reilly repeatedly ranted, "Dr. Tiller the baby killer" until Tiller was murdered. Michael Savage said Muslims are "religious throwbacks and we are to kill them." I don't think this rhetoric is helpful.

 

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