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In Current Events on January 10, 2011 at 03:11

Most Americans are shocked and saddened about the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and the others are pretending to be shocked and saddened. Sarah Palin, who put a target on Gabrielle Giffords district, a district I live in. Is Palin, who called for us to “reload”, genuinely shocked by the shooting she had metaphorically supported with the target on her district If so, perhaps Palin needs to apologize to the family of the 9 year old girl who was killed in the assassination attempt and Judge Roll’s family and four others who were killed and others wounded.

Sarah Palin’s remarks didn’t cause the shooting, but her rhetoric and that of Sharon Angle (and others) who called for “Second Amendment remedies” when we don’t get what we want politically create a supportive atmosphere for violence.

So, while we are all thinking once more about guns, gun violence, terrorism, politically violent rhetoric, the tea party and other issues related to this shooting, perhaps it is time for some self reflection about the violence this nation supports in our name.

From the “Beyond Vietnam” speech by Martin Luther King,

My third reason moves to an even deeper level of awareness, for it grows out of my experience in the ghettoes of the North over the last three years — especially the last three summers. As I have walked among the desperate, rejected and angry young men I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action. But they asked — and rightly so — what about Vietnam? They asked if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.

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So while we are all shocked by senseless murder, murder enabled by multi-shot semi-automatic weapons, we should also ask ourselves, what about Afghanistan, and beyond.

Tex Shelters

  1. Martin said it all in this, my favorite of his speeches. And so very, very well.

    I hope people click on the link and read the whole speech.

    Thank you, Tex. You always somehow remind me that we must reach out to support and anchor one another in these increasingly “interesting” times.

  2. Sarah Palin and the equally profoundly misdirected members of Homo sapiens who “think” as she have constructed the darndest definition of the phrase “right to life” of which a disordered mind – at the lowest level of our species’ functioning – could possibly conceive.

  3. I really enjoyed the MLK quote, excellent sir.

    Reading about this yesterday freaked me out.

    • DogMan70,

      I am still sad and freaked out and worried about all the injured and the families of those killed.

      I suggest a look at the whole MLK speech if you have the time.


      Tex Shelters

  4. Hey Tex, I don’t believe Palin had a thing to do with this nut going off, I think maybe Alex Jones may have had the most influence if someone had to point a finger at someone. This guy was a nutty truther who believed Bush blew up the towers. I got that from MSNBC’s website.


    • Jake,

      Palin only put a target on Giffords district and suggested that we “reload”. Palin, much admired by many, did seem to make shooting an option, but most nut would find a reason to shoot anyway. Let’s hope Palin steps back on the violent imagery and says, “We must take to the streets”, or “vote them out” or “say no to the socialist agenda” and cut out the violent references.


      Tex Shelters

      • I don’t think one has to do with the other but the AZ Congresswoman was a conservative democrat, much more conservative than many republicans. From what I’ve heard Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was getting it just as hard from the far left as she was getting it from the far right. BTW, I saw a piece on the Huffington Post by Alan Grayson calling for a nicer tone, I had to shake my head a little since some of his rhetoric in the past could have inflamed a lot of nuts into action from both sides.In the end I would have thought they would have tighter security for a meet and great, I’m surprised this sort of thing doesn’t happen far more often. Should the people have access? Hell yea, but the people should have to go thru at least metal detector and there should be security at such events. You know I’m a big fan of the 2nd amend. but hell most politicians always half at least half the people mad at them and all it takes is one nut.

        • Jake,

          Yes, a metal detector would have helped. And a waiting period. And a better mental health service. And better K-12 education, better parenting, better media, etc.

          Palin isn’t the cause, she is just part of the background that promotes violence as an answer.

          Tex Shelters

          • If he didn’t have a concealed carry permit, you have to go thru a FBI Background Check even in AZ. It’s not instant, you fill out the paper work and pick up the hand gun a few days later if you pass the check. He jumped thru that hoop, it’s a federal law not a state law. I have a canceled carry permit so, since I already went thru many local, state and federal background checks I can walk out with a hand gun the same day. All that said, until you can dry up the black market all the gun laws in the world have no meaning or effect.

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