In some very saddening and shocking news, Gabrielle Giffords the Representative from Arizona was shot yesterday outside of a Safeway while attempting to listen to the concerns of the people in her district. there are conflicting reports as of now of wither or not she was killed and how many other people were killed or injured in the attack. The gun man was brought into police custody and at this time his motives for the attack have not been released.
Gifford was a Democrat and was "targeted" by Sarah Palin on her take back the 20 campaign. In this campaign she wanted to make sure the Representatives were held accountable for voting for the Obamacare health plan. she said
"I launched my “Take back the 20” campaign, focusing on 20 congressional districts that John McCain and I carried in 2008 which are or were represented by members of Congress who voted in favor of Obamacare. They need to be held accountable for those votes. They voted for Obamacare. Now we can vote against them. We need to replace them with representatives who will respect the will of the people."
The recent language of the the extreme right has been something that has been worrying me of the last few months, Palin has been telling the people to lock and load, prepare for war and to take back what is theirs. In the mind of Palin these are harmless metaphors to stir the emotions of her cause. But then something like this happens and these words have a haunting resonance.
As easy it would be to blame this attack on the language of the right we still do not know the motives behind this shooting. this could have been a random act of violence or the shooter could have private motives of his own that have nothing to do with the political stance of the Representative. to make any assumptions at this point would be doing the same thing that the right has been accused of. it would be the same as when Glen Beck blames all of Islam for something blowing up in the middle east. I know this would be a perfect time to shout i told you so , but screaming it now before the facts are in will just give the right power they don't need.