The shooting of Rep. Giffords in Arizona, while shocking and despicable, is creating some interesting waves in U.S. politics. The first thing I noticed what that the Left immediately began pointing fingers at Sarah Palin and her infamous strategy map targeting the GOP’s biggest opponents for the midterms. “See! Gun sights! Targets! She made this happen!” they said.
Palin’s camp quickly said they were “surveyor’s symbols”, not targets. OK, I can see that. However, Palin is well-known for waving her guns around and shooting animals on T.V., all in order to pander to the gun nuts on the Right. One of her favorite rallying cries is “Don’t retreat — RELOAD!” for fuck’s sake! The bitch is all about guns, and no matter how she spins this, those were gun targets. Did it cause that psycho in AZ to shoot Rep. Giffords? I don’t think so. But let’s not pretend that Palin’s camp (along with the rest of the GOP) aren’t a bunch of fuckin’ gun worshippers, shall we? Thanks.
Having said that, I think that people are focusing far too much attention on Sarah Palin. After all, she’s only one voice amongst many on the Right who choose to pepper their politics with military/firearm metaphors and imagery. Talking Points Memo (http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/01/gun_rhetoric_2010.php) details the worst of it, right from the mouths of politicians hoping for midterm votes. Combine this with the bigoted, paranoid nonsense spewed on Fox, and you’ve got trouble a-brewin’. Shit, even wingnut Pat Buchanan is saying “Whoah, we need to back off this kinda talk.”
The hyperpartisanship and threatening/violent rhetoric has got to stop. BOTH sides are guilty of it, not just the Right. I’ve seen it from from the Left as well, it makes me uneasy. Wherever it comes from, it may be used casually and not have any real intentions behind it, but in the end it does nothing but make us resent each other and make progress impossible.
Glock sales are through the roof. Fun fact: this was the same gun used by the Virginia Tech killer. Seems to have quite a pedigree now, hmmm?
Instead of hurting sales, the massacre had the $499 semi-automatic pistols — popular with police, sport shooters and gangsters — flying out the doors of his Glockmeister stores in Mesa and Phoenix.
“We’re at double our volume over what we usually do,” Wolff said two days after the shooting spree that also left 14 wounded, including Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition.
A national debate over weaknesses in state and federal gun laws stirred by the shooting has stoked fears among gun buyers that stiffer restrictions may be coming from Congress, gun dealers say. The result is that a deadly demonstration of the weapon’s effectiveness has also fired up sales of handguns in Arizona and other states, according to federal law enforcement data.
“When something like this happens people get worried that the government is going to ban stuff,” Wolff said.
I’m usually pretty fair-minded towards guns… I just get weirded out by the glorification of them in our culture sometimes. I don’t really buy the regulation argument, it seems like something else is going on. Like, why weren’t these Glocks flying off the shelves before the shootings if people wanted them so badly? Ugh.
Four Republicans in Arizona are resigning because they think the Tea Party will come to kill them.
Miller, a 43-year-old former campaign worker for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), said that verbal attacks and blog posts from members of the tea party had him fearing for the safety of his family, according to a report in The Arizona Republic.
“Today my wife of 20 yrs ask (sic) me do I think that my PCs (Precinct Committee members) will shoot at our home?” he wrote in an e-mail following the shootings. “So with this being said I am stepping down from LD20GOP Chairman…I will make a full statement on Monday.”
Tea party members supporting J.D. Hayworth for senator in the midterm elections accused Miller, an African American, of being a “McCain’s boy.” One detractor had even made his hand into the shape of a gun and pointed it at Miller.
“I wasn’t going to resign but decided to quit after what happened Saturday,” Miller said. “I love the Republican Party but I don’t want to take a bullet for anyone.”
via Raw Story
Today, someone on Reddit posted this photo of a billboard in Tuscon, located just down the street from where Giffords was shot.