Posts Tagged ‘Gabrielle Giffords’

Getting rid of “Second Amendment Solutions” without getting rid of assault rifles.

January 21, 2011

In the aftermath of the attempted assassination of AZ Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords  – even republicans are looking for ways to control firearms.  Dan Burton has suggested  that a plexi-glass dome separate  the public gallery from the Congressional members.  Republican Congressman Peter King wants to make it a federal offense to carry a weapon within 1000 feet of an elected official.

OK- so they have been working overtime making sure that they are protected from firearms.  I guess even the tea party has now decided that “second amendment solutions” are dangerous – particularly now that many of them have been elected to Congress.   Of course for the rest of us to benefit from most of these proposals – we merely have to be elected to Congress…No biggie…

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Toning down the rhetoric – or not – Obama vs Palin

January 13, 2011

President Obama & Governor Brewer Take the High Road.

The memorial service for the victims of Saturday’s shooting in Tuscon was perhaps America at its best.  Differences were set aside and President Obama and Governor Brewer set aside their political difference and summoned up their better angels to help unite a very polarized nation. Both are obviously rival politicians bunkered in camps on opposite sides of  great political divide.  For them Statesmanship trumped politics.

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The Politics of Hate – When Politicians Scream “Fire” in a Crowded Theater.

January 9, 2011

You would have to be living in a crater on the Moon or under a rock somewhere not to notice the increase in vitriolic politics.  Lathering up the masses into a frenzy of anger often gets them to the polls – but does it incite actual violence?   Sheriff Dubnik said it better than most when he said  “Arizona has become the mecca for hatred and bigotry.”    Cute pictures with candidates targeted with cross-hairs on a map as well as rhetoric involving “taking back our country” might have undo influence on a mind that is not totally sound.

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