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SHOOTING: Liberals can be excused for ‘knee-jerk’ reaction

Letter by Paul C. Blanchard, Tacoma on Jan. 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm | 38 Comments »
January 13, 2011 1:50 pm

Re: “Even in the midst of tragedy, a knee-jerk, liberal reaction” (George Will column, 1-11).

Knee-jerk? This is how the right is blowing off the left’s response to a targeted assassination attempt of a Democrat. So why does Will think our liberal knees are so jerky? Why are our reflexes so heightened?

Could it be the fact that representatives on the right are advocating violence against us, calling us traitors and fascists and murderers? Is anyone really surprised that we’re a little twitchy when we hear a tea party spokesperson scream at a rally, “If ballots don’t work, bullets will.”

Regardless of the actual motivations behind the shooter in Arizona, is it really that hard to draw a logical line from Sharon Angle’s “Second Amendment remedies” to bullets flying at a Democratic rally?

If it turns out, that this assassination attempt had nothing at all to do with politics, then, unlike Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the right has dodged a bullet. However, If this isn’t the defining moment, when conservatives realize that their hate speech can have consequences, what will that defining moment be?

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