Reading a piece on Think Progress about Giffords, I noticed the "related stories" list at the end. In some cases, I followed the links. In others, I went directly with the original story. here's a sampling. More after the fold:
- Man posts bomb instructions on Facebook, is charged in plot;
- Boehner embraces tea party, admitting some are "anarchists who want to kill all of us in public office";
- Tea Party Sells ‘America’s Most Wanted’ Playing Cards With Pictures Of Federal Lawmakers;
- Democratic Party offices vandalized across the country;
- Pentagon Shooter Was Right-Wing, Anti-Government Terrorist;
- Rep. King Justifies Suicide Attack On IRS: Sympathizes With Hatred Of IRS, Hopes For Its Destruction;
- GOP congressional candidate pretends to shoot at Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.;
- Calls For Violence Repeatedly Stoked By Conservative Voices;
- FBI Arrests White Supremacist Blogger Hal Turner For Threatening To Kill Federal Judges;
I am livid, beyond belief, and having trouble forming coherent thoughts about this. So I will just say two things. This is a comment I left in another piece:
The more pictures of someone you have with a target over their face, the more rhetoric you use indicating that someone is a Manchurian candidate, a wolf in sheep's clothing, etc., the more chance there is that when some random person goes off the deep end, they'll pick the target that you marked.
You don't need to pull the trigger. You don't need to be directly responsible. You just have to say the right things in enough places and coyly claim you were just being rhetorical before someone with easy access to a weapon decides to pull the trigger.
And I will end on a note of hope and possible inspiration: an intern with the campaign, who'd been there for just five days, may have saved Giffords life by running directly towards the gunfire and applying emergency medical care.