Sunday, January 9, 2011
I think it's worth noting that the congresswoman represents Arizona's District 8. Yes, the same congresswoman and the same district that were put in the cross-hairs of a rifle sight by Sarah Palin last year.
I'm not so sure.
Please don't misunderstand. I don't mean to say, or even imply that Sarah Palin, or anyone else on the left or the right is responsible for this tragedy in Tucson. I don't even believe that. This was obviously the act of a single loan, mentally disturbed and obviously unbalanced gunmen.
I do believe however, that the recent escalation of vitriolic and incendiary rhetoric in our political discourse is dividing our nation like no other time since perhaps maybe the Civil War. An Horrendously Bloody War That Had Us Fighting - Region against Region, State against State and Brother against Brother.
All This at a Time, When What Our Nation Really Needs Most, Is Unity and Healing.
Which is not something very likely to be achieved, when we hear irresponsible rhetoric like...
"Be Armed and Ready"
"Don't Retreat; Instead - Reload"
"We'll Beat Them with Ballots Not Bullets,
But If the Ballots Fail, We'll Have the Bullets Ready"
"If need be, We Can Always Use Second Amendment Remedies!" (Right to Bear Arms)
You may recall, I blogged about the divisive nature of this type rhetoric back in March of last year.
Please take a moment to click on this blog link to see how very prophetic the blog post really was...
It is perhaps also worth noting that Arizona is one of only three states that permits people to carry handguns and concealed weapons without a permit.
It's also the same state where people showed up protesting Obama campaign rallies with rifles and machine guns.
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