A year earlier, one of her aides called authorities when a visitor dropped a handgun at an announced public event at a local Safeway grocery store. Whats happening in American politics?
Most are aware that, shortly after the health care reform vote, Sarah Palins website exhibited a national map with some 20 congressional districts in the crosshairs of symbols that look like gunsights.
When she announced the map, Palin urged supporters, Dont retreat. Instead reload! Congresswoman Giffords Republican opponent Jesse Kelley went further, asking supporters to donate $50 in order to shoot a fully automatic M-16 and to get on target to help remove Gabrielle Giffords.
Sarah Palin later praised Kelley on Fox Business News, saying, I dont feel worthy to lace his combat boots.
Violence, or the threat of violence, has no place in American politics. Its time for leaders in all domains and disciplines to urge toning down the political rhetoric that incites rage in some, and violence in the mentally unbalanced. And it is time to discuss deeper background checks for those purchasing military assault rifles or automatic weapons.