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January 9, 2011 - Jennifer Brookens
"I am horrified by the violent attack on Representative Gabrielle Giffords and many other innocent people by a wicked person who has no sense of justice or compassion. I pray for Gabby and the other victims, and for the repose of the souls of the dead and comfort for their families. I beg our loving Creator to spare the lives of those who are still alive, heal them in body and spirit, and return them to their loved ones ... Whoever did this; whatever their reason, they are a disgrace to Arizona, this country and the human race, and they deserve and will receive the contempt of all decent people and the strongest punishment of the law." - Sen. John McCain's statement on the Tucson shootings Saturday, 1-8-11.

"Let me just say one thing, because people tend to poo poo this about all the vitriol that we hear enflaming the American public by people who make a living off of doing that. That may be free speech, but it's not without consequences." -- Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik during a press conference regarding the Tucson shootings.

A Democratic Representative in Arizona was shot at point-blank range during a public gathering Saturday. She is left in critical condtion at the time I write this. Meanwhile six other innocent bystanders are murdered, including Arizona's chief federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.

Words mean something. Putting up suggestions like "Don't Retreat, Reload" or "Second-Amendment Solutions" will cause the kinds of scared, unstable people who follow and believe this rhetoric to commit acts of violence. It happened last spring with the pass of the health care bill when those in office who voted for it received death threats and saw their homes and offices vandalized. Now innocent blood has been shed. This is terrorism, what every "true-blooded American" claims to be against. Perhaps we all should think before we post or boast some flippant, "Shoot 'em all, and let God sort 'em out," mentality when complaining about politicians, celebrities, or just people in our lives we don't necessarily like. You never know who might be taking you seriously.


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