a troubling sign of the times.

9 Jan

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords three days before she was shot. Although Ms. Giffords remains in critical condition with a shot through the brain, six others were killed including a federal judge who had received death threats before and a 9-year-old girl who (could this get any weirder?) was born on September 11th, 2001.

 

It’s no secret that the American political climate has become threatening, antagonistic, and downright mean. Yesterday’s shooting of Arizona Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords was a frightening wake-up call for all those (Sarah Palin) who recklessly incite followers to “gather your armies,” employ “second amendment remedies” and take their “enemies” to the “firing line.” Giffords Even if the shooter–a mentally-ill college student who was suspended from college after creating a disturbing video–didn’t have an explicitly political motivation for shooting Ms. Giffords, it seems impossible that he could not have been influenced by the especially virulent political climate in Arizona. In NY Times article, A Turning Point in the Discourse, but in Which Direction? Matt Bai writes, “The question is whether Saturday’s shooting marks the logical end point of such a moment — or rather the beginning of a terrifying new one.”

Related:

In Attack’s Wake, Political Repercussions
A Passionate Politician and a Friend to Colleagues, Bikers and Lost Mayors
9-Year-Old Victim Was a 9/11 Baby, a ‘Face of Hope’

 

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