Much has been said of the Tucson shooting, and I won’t go into the redundancies, but rather discuss the response from the right (and the left).
Sure, there was the Huffpo publishing a defense from a former staff member of the blames to the Palin PAC for the crosshairs and the rhetoric, of reloading,bullseye, target stuff. The commentators and talking heads, well, commented. Fine.
The overall almost consensus of the “people” primarily via social media, since that is how we communicate with one another is that what is wrong with the political climate is the tone and the escalation. This central idea, has resonated with me and conversations I’ve had out and about. Arizona Sherriff Clarence Dupnik hit it right on the head saying.
When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.
However clear this might be to some, it is obviously not evident to others: Let me illustrate: Do not protest a 9 year old victim. Doing so, can seem like an insensitive thing to do, which is “mean” by any other word, which is what escalates the tone that has according to many led to this type of violence.
News have been released that Conservative Tea Party Activists from the Westboro Baptist Church will now picket at the funeral of the 9-yr old victim of this attack. (This is the same church from Topeka Kansas, that brings you ongoing anti-gay protests at funerals of soldiers, Elizabeth Edwards and others.)
Do they have a right to protest? According to the courts it is freedom of speech. Is this relevant to their “cause”? Probably not. Does it send their message across loudly and clearly? Sure, but is this the best way to say it? Probably not. “Children!”
In response, Democrats in the Arizona Legislature will introduce a bill to create a “funeral protection zone” to keep protesters from disrupting the funerals of those killed in the mass shooting near Tucson.
A group of individuals, have taken it upon themselves to take some “angel action” — with 8- by 10-foot “angel wings” worn by participants and used to shield mourners from pickets.