Was the attempted assassination of Democratic Congresswoman Giffords and killing of 6 fostered by violent Tea Party rhetoric by Sarah Palin and others?

Reps. Louise Slaughter and Bart Stupak have received death threats.

A tea party participant published what he thought was Rep. Thomas Perriello’s home address and urged disgruntled voters to “drop by” for a “good face-to-face chat.”

Vandals broke windows at Slaughter’s office in New York and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s office in Arizona.

Politico: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34907.html

According to reports, Palin began removing the gunsight-like “Crosshairs” graphics from her websites within minutes of the attempted assassination and bloody massacre.

A correspondent just passed along this quotation from Rep. Giffords about Palin’s crosshairs graphic and incendiary rhetoric:

“We need to realize that the rhetoric, and the firing people up and … for example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s ‘targeted’ list, but the thing is, the way she has it depicted, we’re in the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they’ve gotta realize that there are consequences to that action.” — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords



And here’s a pre-election event invitation from Giffords’ Tea Party Opponent, Jesse Kelly:

Like Palin — and despite his pre-shooting protests that there was nothing incendiary or inciting about his graphic — former opponent Jesse Kelly almost immediately removed the graphic from his website after the shooting.

If it wasn’t inciting violence — why remove it, Jesse?


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