Irresponsible Pols Created Atmosphere for Arizona Shootings

What we are lacking amidst all of this anger and violence is personal responsibility.

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It is Sunday morning not nearly 8am. My husband and children are sleeping and I sit here writing this blog you, America.

This all started yesterday. On the weekends, I usually like to unplug my computer and shut off my cell phone to focus on my family and create some downtime from my busy work schedule. I turned on the computer to look up movie times and then I saw the announcement of the massacre that took place in Arizona. Six people dead, 13 wounded…the story went on. And then I read about Christina Green, 9 years of age. And honestly, I wept. I wept for those families, I wept for our nation and I specifically wept for the Green family. No one should have to bury their child. This I know all too well. I had to bury my son in 2004.

As with Kubler-Ross’s five stages of death, my grief turned to anger. How could this happen!? How could we let this happen, America? Six people dead and 13 injured over politics!?!! Or, judging by his website and comments he made on Facebook, over healthcare reform? Immigration?!?!!!

This is a wake up call America. But those 6 people will never wake up. Never. As I write this Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is still not awake, and still in critical condition. [Photo Gallery: Gabrielle Giffords Shooting in Arizona.]

What we are lacking amidst all of this anger and violence is personal responsibility. Even for those of us who aren’t directly responsible; there are words, actions that contribute indirectly to these acts. For example Jesse Kelly, who wanted to defeat Congresswoman Giffords and lost, invited his supporters to remove Giffords from office by joining him to shoot loaded M-16 rifles. His spokesman doesn’t see the connection. His spokesman should get a new job. Inviting people to shoot guns as a rallying point to remove Giffords from office. And you don’t see the connection!?!!!

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And let us not forget Sharron Angle’s words, which she has yet to retract: “Second Amendment remedies…” And instead of retracting those words, she stated that a “revolutionary situation was possible.”

And of course Michele Bachmann’s “I want people armed and dangerous” over Obama’s healthcare reform legislation. And lastly Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, a woman who might run for president: “Don’t retreat, RELOAD.” This, after the healthcare bill was signed into law. She also posted a U.S. map of crosshair targets. That map included Congresswoman Gifford’s district. And what does Palin say about this? She expresses her “sincere condolences.”

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That’s not good enough. It’s not good enough for me. It’s not good enough for the six who died. It’s not good enough for Christina Green who was elected to her student council and was interested in government. It’s not good enough for America.

What these pols, and all those on the right who use gun metaphors when legislation doesn’t go their way, need to do is to stand up on their podiums and shout from the hilltops if necessary: NEVER to resort to violence over legislation! These people must retract their statements, in respect for those people who have lost their lives or who are fighting for them.

And Ms Palin also needs to stop using inflammatory remarks like “death panels.” The shooter in Arizona was obviously the CEO of his own death panel this weekend. And speaking of death, on your death bed you won’t care about healthcare reform or immigration reform. I doubt you’ll care about legislation or what party’s in power or who is president. You’ll be caring about how you lived your life and if you’re alone in that room when you’re dying or if you have a nice loving family and friends there to share your final moments. Sarah Palin and other politicians need to remind their supporters, Tea Party or otherwise, that we have a responsibility to “watch” our politicians. Watch how they vote, and if we don’t like it, vote them out. We need to stop using these gun metaphors. The Second Amendment was not written by our Founding Forefathers to take each other out. It was to protect ourselves against our enemies. And we, America, need to put this into perspective. Even Fidel Castro has called this atrocious!! Fidel Castro!!!!

The alleged gunman, Jared Loughner was on a mission witnesses say. But I believe his mission was fueled by these irresponsible remarks from those on the right. The politicians and even talk hosts. They have fanned the flames of violence in this country and I’m asking to them to take our country back to the nonviolence we have known. In 2010 there were 42 cases of threats or violence against Democrats/Liberals/Progressives compared with 15 the year prior. Our hatred for one another is growing. And as we can see from this one act, this is a recipe for disaster.

The Tea Party and many in the GOP wanted to take their country back. They also wanted their country to go back to God. Well the Bible says the tongue is mightier than the sword. I guess God didn’t know we’d replace that sword with semi-automatic weapons.

If someone doesn’t agree with you, that doesn’t make them an enemy; it means they have a different opinion. Just this morning before I wrote this I opened one of many E-mails stating I was stupid. I get thousands of them. E-mails that threaten me, insult me, etc. if the person writing it doesn’t agree with me. When will we ever learn?

We cannot survive as a nation if we do not learn to accept and respect our differences--in race, religion, culture, political ideology; our opinions. We can’t move forward unless we do. Congress can’t get bills passed unless they do. “United we stand, divided we fall.” “Divide and conquer.” Well we’re conquering ourselves America. And we’re falling.  Are you happy now?

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