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Tuscon Shooting 1/8/11

I’ve been following the events in Tuscon today since I got an email alert from CNN.

I’ve always had faith in people to do the right thing and not get all caught up in rhetoric and hatred.  However, starting with the heated debates at town halls last summer concerning health care reform, to the voices raised in hatred over the mosque in Manhattan, to the statements over the summer from both politicians and citizens saying that if they don’t get their way at the ballot box that there are “second amendment remedies”, my faith in people to continue to do the right thing dwindled.

I started this blog because of what I’ve seen happen to open and honest discussion about the issues that face us.  I want this to be a place where people can have discourse without it turning to hatred or to acts of violence.  The First Amendment to the Constitution gives us the freedom to speak out about the injustices we feel.  We pride ourselves on being a nation that has this freedom, and many others.  But it is not this freedom, or any other we have, that gives us the right to take up a gun and kill those who disagree.

There is a great power in the pen or in the spoken word.  By communicating with each other, we have the ability to enhance and educate.  The power to shape and change minds is far greater and much more important than the power to extinguish them.

Keith Olbermann did a special comment about the shooting.  He talked about how all the spin and rhetoric from both sides may be the cause for the shooting and repudiated everyone who made such comments, including one of his own about then Senator Clinton during her run for the Presidency.  He also asked for people on both sides to take an oath against the violent rhetoric…

Violence, or the threat of violence, has no place in our democracy, and I apologize for and repudiate any act or anything in my past that may have even inadvertently encouraged violence,  because for whatever else each of may be, we are all Americans.

He also called on all of us who do not take this oath, or repudiate any violent rhetoric we have given, to be shunned and removed from political discourse.

It is a sad day when the freedom to speak your views and win an election to represent your constituents leads to violence and death.

In closing, I extend my thoughts and prayers to the victims.

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