They should be held responsible…
I am so sad and angry to hear of the shootings today in Arizona aimed at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. As reported by NPR.org, 5 people were killed, “The dead included U.S. District Judge John Roll and a 9-year-old girl…Giffords, who was shot in the head, was among at least 13 people injured”.
My heart goes out to all those who were injured today and to their loved ones. Every American should feel sorrow today, and every American should also be angry. During these past 2 years, there has been major division among the parties in office. Some representatives have suggested that hatred and violence is needed when disagreements arise. Let’s not forget Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann’s call for the residents of Minnesota to be “armed and dangerous” as a defense to global warming legislation.
The most disgusting act of suggested violence was delivered by former half term Governor Sarah Palin. Last March, her “crosshairs chart”, as seen below, specifically targeted 20 house democrats as a rebuttal to Health Care reform. Congresswoman Giffords was one of them. In fact, according to NPR.org, “Giffords’ Tucson office was one of three damaged last March by vandals who targeted Democrats in advance of the U.S. House vote on the controversial health care legislation.”
Peoples’ actions have immediate consequences. People like Sarah Palin and Rep. Bachmann should own up to the ramifications of their actions. They should be held responsible. Suggested violence has no place in U.S. politics, because horrific events like today’s- is what will be the ultimate outcome. Today is a lesson in what results from spreading hatred.
Let us all hope that all who were injured today will recover 100%. May peace find you all.