The shooting of 20 people in Arizona almost immediately brought reaction about hate speech in America. Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said violent rhetoric has created problems for the country, a statement with which it is said many Americans agree. So petitions to end right-wing rhetoric are already underway.
A petition has already been posted on Facebook by a user directing others to a site sponsored by a group called CREDO that asks for signatures on a statement telling Sarah Palin and others to stop the right-wing violent rhetoric.
The statement says in part, “Tell Sarah Palin: Renounce use of shooting images in political rhetoric immediately, and stop using your platform to promote and validate violent calls to action on the right.”
It goes on to give examples of some of these violent images, including the map, now shown on many websites, that Palin had on her Facebook page with crosshairs marking the places targeting politicians who opposed her and the Tea Party aims.
While some in the media declare it too soon to talk about hate speech and target the right wing politicians for its use now, there are others who disagree. Joe Klein said Sunday on Reliable Sources the shooting of Gabrielle Gifford may not have been politically motivated, but that extreme speech needs to be denounced as it creates the climate for acts of hate to happen. On Fox, Geraldo Rivera speculated the event will affect Sarah Palin’s future.
Many readers of The Huffington Post on a post about Sarah Palin’s scrubbing of her “crosshairs website” agree with Rivera and indicate it is likely the shooting incident of Gifford and others will end Sarah Palin’s potential for being the Republican candidate for President in the election of 2012.
Whatever one’s political arguments about the Gifford shooting, the petition asking for the ending of violent rhetoric is being advanced right now. It may be too soon, or it may be just timely; but the issues are being addressed even as the public waits and hopes for the recovery of Gifford that doctors say will likely be complicated and take a very long time.
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