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Politicians and candidates inciting violence need to take responsibility
"all guns, all the time
GOP candidates are outdoing themselves trying to woo the gun lobby these days, particularly over in Congressional District 8. Republican hopefuls Andy Goss and Brian Miller have raffled off weapons to raise money. Jonathan Paton is boasting the support of Tucson attorney and gun-rights activist Sandy Froman. District 26 House candidate Terri Proud posed with a group of women holding firearms.
Jesse Kelly, meanwhile, doesn't seem to be bothered in the least by the Sarah Palin controversy earlier this year, when she released a list of targeted races in crosshairs, urging followers to "reload" and "aim" for Democrats. Critics said she was inciting violence.
He seems to be embracing his fellow tea partier's idea. Kelly's campaign event website has a stern-looking photo of the former Marine in military garb holding his weapon. It includes the headline: "Get on Target for Victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly."
The event costs $50."
"Reload" and "aim" at Democrats? How the hell do you think some people who live in a gun culture are going to take such words?
Matters not your politics, this type of inciting is not indicative of what American politics should be about. And whether the shooter or shooters involved in the tragedy in Arizona yesterday in which a Federal judge and a child, repeat, A CHILD were murdered along with others as well as the attempted assasination of a US Congresswoman were part of any such organization or not, to say such inciting cannot send someone over the top to actually turning those words into action is naive at best. I am ashamed as an American to see where the political debates in this country have gone.
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