Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Jan 13, 2011; Section:Opinion; Page Number:8A Exploiting Tucson tragedy is the real incivility Wrong to blame political rhetoric for shooting When I heard the news about the mass shooting at Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ public meeting in Tucson, I knew it was going to be exploited for political gain. This time the […]

While we’re at it, let’s ban talk like, “Behind enemy lines.” Rep. Van Hollen used MSNBC to claim Palin’s map was dangerous. In fact, the website of the organization he runs has a nearly identical map. Rep. Van Hollen should be asked to explain the differences between the two maps. Specifically, what makes Palin’s map […]

And as Ben Smith at Politico is reporting, Jared Loughner left a bit of a social media trail that may give some insight into his troubled mind. The police have named a suspect in the shooting of Gabriel Giffords, Jared Loughner. A person under that name has a YouTube account that includes suggestions of anti-government political […]

I realize that the temptation is to instantly politicize the tragic shootings for political gain.  Dave Weigel at Slate tried to actually make such politicization acceptable: Nobody wants to talk politics right now. But this was an assassination or an attempted assassination; it’s inherently political. Last year, some Republican politicians used Second Amendment references (remember […]