Giffords is a Democrat. Giffords was shot in the head and was initially reported dead but as of now was in surgery. Her vote on the Healthcare Insurance Reform, earned her a target, literally, from Sarah Palin. At an earlier Heathcare reform rally in 2009, an unidentified person dropped a gun. Her stance on Immigration and her beliefs that the right wing beloved Arizona state law demanding random detention of suspected illegals was "divisive" and did “nothing to make the communities I represent safer" earned her the hate and ire of Faux News and the Tea Party.
Here is what the Tea Party used as a political slogan prior to the election:
"Help remove Gabrille Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly"The Rush will be to blame the Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Glenn Beck, Sharron Angle, Michael Savage and the other conservative toxic talk show hosts who propound daily their virulent anti-immigrant fear mongering and have used murderous, bloodthirsty gun laden imagery in their quest to destroy the Democratic Party and Barack Obama. And perhaps they should get the blame.
What is without doubt is that conservatives and Tea Party Hateriots have fully embraced the language of violence in the political rhetoric. Every function was an opportunity to have gun-totting mama grizzly invoke the Revolution and violence. There were calls by Sarah Palin to "not retreat, reload" and Palin's "Target the 20". Michele Bachmann wanted her constituents "armed and dangerous" over the Heathcare law Giffords voted for. Sharron Angle urged her supporters to "Use Second Amendment Remedies" to remove Harry Reid. And from Republican Catherine Crabill, "We have a chance to fight this battle at the Ballot Box before we have to resort to the Bullet Box". The use of violence or the threat of violence to effect political change is known as terrorism.
But it's not just conservative bloggers who are actively talking about Violence and Overthrow of the Government.
I hope they do feel threatened. Attempts at peaceable protests have been met at turns by feigned ignorance, then mockery, then attacks on the character and motives of those would not sit quietly by. Perhaps it will take a serious review of our capacity for violence to get them to realize we shall not surrender our individual liberties to their lust for power.High level Republican Bureaucrats have urged conservatives to violence as well. Here are the fact free musings of Ford and Reagan cabinet members Ernest S. Christian and Gary Robbins in their article; Will Washington's Failures Lead to Second American Revolution?
Conservatism is Terrorism. Get used to it.
Predictably, the Right Wing blogs and their insane adherets are quick to disavow and act as though their bloody invocation to violence and terrorism had nothing to do with this, as they always do. And, this is another part of the problem. When Glenn Beck styles himself a Progressive Hunter and preaches violence against the Tides Foundation or the ACLU or the President everyone shoould fear that someone may act upon the apocalyptic ravings of the domestic terrorists at Faux News.