Before I begin my little rant, I’d like a moment of silence for the six people who died on Saturday due to a “mentally unstable” (in the word’s of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik) man1. This is truly an unspeakable tragedy and horror. My thoughts and prayers go out to Congresswoman’s Gifford’s and the other victims’ families.
And, now for my political ranting:
In my email, I found a breaking news message from Politico that stated the following:
An aide to Sarah Palin said images of crosshairs were never meant to evoke violence, in the Palin camp’s first extended comment on yesterday’s attack. “We never ever, ever intended it to be gun sights,” Rebecca Mansour told the talk radio host Tammy Bruce in an interview transcribed by the Alaska Dispatch.
Gun sights? What’s that all about?
I started looking up Sarah Palin and Congresswoman Gifford and I found a blog denouncing liberal bloggers2, abeit in a nice way, for blaming Palin’s Political PAC for “targeting” 20 Representatives. Interesting – someone who is defending a picture of cross hairs – with one directly above Giffords’ district. As you can see from the above quote, Palin’s team had no intention of the cross hairs to be considered gun sights. Well, they look like gun sights to me. What else can they be considers? Thumbs up signs? Palin’s team has taken down the picture, but I found it here.
I’m glad Palin’s team is trying to back down from this, but quite truthfully, Palin’s retorhic has always included a violent message. Anyone remember her tweet, “Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!” Pls see my Facebook page.”
The truth is that she isn’t alone. A lot of people yell, scream, write things that if someone actually followed through – like what happened on Saturday – would bring them to their knees with guilt.
I realize that everyone has freedom of speech. I support freedom of speech, but I think saying things like RELOAD is really just asking for some nut to take you literally. Sure, I’ll buy she didn’t mean it, but I believe that it is time for people in Sarah Palin’s position to start thinking about what they say. There are a lot of people who take words very literally and out of context and then end up shooting innocent people.