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Dem Bill Would Outlaw Symbolic Threats

From The Hill:

Dem planning bill that would outlaw threatening lawmakers

By Peter Schroeder – 01/09/11

Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) reportedly plans to introduce legislation that would make it a federal crime to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a federal official or member of Congress.

Brady told CNN that he wants federal lawmakers and officials to have the same protections against threat currently provided to the president. His call comes one day after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot, along with 19 other people, at a public event in Tucson. A suspect is currently in custody.

"The president is a federal official," Brady told CNN in a telephone interview. "You can’t do it to him; you should not be able to do it to a congressman, senator or federal judge."

We seem to recall seeing spray painted images of Bush with a target over him. As well as countless items that encouraged his assassination, including T-shirts and even movies.

Where was Mr. Brady then?

Among the six people killed was Federal Judge John Roll.

While it is unknown at this time whether the shooter was politically motivated, that has not prevented a vigorous debate about whether heated political rhetoric seen during the healthcare reform debate and during the 2010 campaign is inciting violence.

Sarah Palin has had to fend off a fresh round of criticism for a map posted on one of her websites of 20 congressional districts that voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2008 presidential election, but had Democratic members that voted in favor of healthcare reform.

Critics originally took Palin to task for the apparent use of the crosshairs of guns to identify the districts. The controversy re-ignited Saturday after the shooting, since Giffords’s district was included on the map.

Brady singled out the map as the type of rhetoric he opposed.

"You can’t put bull’s-eyes or crosshairs on a United States congressman or a federal official," he said.

However, a Palin spokeswoman denied Sunday that the image was intended to depict gun sights. Palin offered condolences to the Giffords family and other victims of the shooting on her Facebook page Saturday.

"The rhetoric is just ramped up so negatively, so high, that we have got to shut this down," Brady said.

Yep, they want to shut us down.

They aren’t even trying to pretend otherwise these day.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 10th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Dem Bill Would Outlaw Symbolic Threats”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    One tragic event happens and look at the kooks from the
    Far Left demanding a Fundamental Right be struck down.
    If we will allow this then we deserve the worse they bring
    down upon our heads.

    Bring it on and see what happens!

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    In fact, if you recount history, well…Michelle Malkin has already done so: http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/10/the-progressive-climate-of-hate-an-illustrated-primer-2000-2010/

    Nice dossier the left has put together. Seems the problem isn’t with the “extreme right-wingers” after all, but we already knew that.

  3. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    “Never let a crisis go to waste.”

  4. RedLizard64 says:

    I think this is very tragic, and I lament that this is going to kick up the GUN CONTROL laws issue even more…but here is what I wonder why the average person is not asking…how is it he has been arraigned in court so quickly. If it had been our wife, daughter, mother…and the perpetrateor had been caught would we be given such expeditious actions from our justice system? If not why? I personally like much about Gabby but until everyone gets the same servie they we do have an elite (them) and us (serfs) mentality going on here!

  5. Right of the People says:

    I hope they don’t pass this law, I’ll have to get all new targets for my range. If you come to my place for a little target practice you have your choice of Osama Bin Laden, Obama Bin Laden, Hillary, or Bwaney Fwank, all with a 10 ring right on the nose.

  6. TerryAnne says:

    Ah. So I guess this will axe such words as “term limits”, huh?

    How come I can see this case being THE destruction button? The straw that broke the camel’s back? That our rights will now be slaughtered.

  7. Enthalpy says:

    While they’re at it, just outlaw all loony elites and Democrats.

    It’s a start.

  8. proreason says:

    this is the symbol we are going to shut down:


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