Gunsight Graphics Aimed at Eliminating Congresswoman
This is the graphic that Sarah Palin used last year to "target" Democratic Representatives she felt would be ripe to lose their seats in Congress to Republicans. She used GUNSIGHT CROSSHAIRS indicating where each Representative's state office was. One of the three crosshairs in Arizona belongs to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was shot in the head today at an open "meet and greet" in a supermarket parking lot in Tucson today. Eighteen people were shot, and six people were murdered, including a Federal Judge and a nine-year old girl. Rep. Giffords is out of surgery, but was shot in the back of the head. Surgeons say they are cautiously optimistic regarding her recovery.
Palin's headquarters has supposedly begun to "scrub" her website of these graphics, but thanks to one of the finest activists in this country, Joe Jervis, of the blogsite Joe.My.God, we have this proof of the level of violent rhetoric Palin uses. At the time this graphic appeared last year, calls were immediately made to take it down, that it was over-the-top, that the gunsight crosshairs could incite violence, and Palin completely disregarded it. I think there needs to be some SERIOUS rethinking of just what is said by these Teabaggers and their de facto leader Palin.
• The continually unfolding breaking news story at MSNBC, here.
N O T E : Do I think for a second that Palin actually called for violence with these gunsight crosshairs and her inflamed rhetoric to "take out" various members of Congress? No. But I DO think that she never, ever thinks five seconds beyond her words. She never thinks about the consequences of her words, she never thinks about who might be listening and what they may actually do about what they hear from her. I think what she frequently says is the equivalent of yelling "FIRE" in a crowded theater. I also find it highly galling that Palin released a statement today saying she is praying for the victim's recoveries after she placed a crosshair on Gifford's seat.