Originally Posted by trumptman
By definition this incident is the exception. It is not the rule. Asking everyone to monitor speech, give up speech or claims that speech someone promotes, proves or incites the exception is bad logic and reasoning.
It's nothing more than running the numbers. Someone today will buy a beer and then go shoot someone. Thus by this reasoning, beer incites violence. Someone else will buy a pop tart, eat breakfast cereal, or watch Sponge Bob before going off to shoot someone. No one should demand apologies or actions against any of those items as well.
It's sad that this happened. The only thing sadder is watching people try to use the senseless deaths of others for political gain or as a pawn in a game of political bloodsport. The man that did this was clearly mentally disturbed. The parties that will try to use this for gain or action, are clearly much worse.
Perhaps you should consider volunteering as a spokesman for Palin, you seem to make about an equally intelligent case for her as an aide for her has done-
"On March 23, she posted an announcement about the campaign on her Facebook page, which was accompanied by an image of her targeted districts. The districts all had crosshairs over them, which are usually associated with gun sights.
But SarahPAC staffer Rebecca Mansour, who has been tweeting in defense of her boss since the tragedy took place, is stating that the crosshairs were never intended to be gun sights.
"We never ever, ever intended it to be gun sights," she said in an interview with talk radio host Tammy Bruce Saturday. "It was simply crosshairs like you'd see on maps." Bruce suggested that they could, in fact, be seen as "surveyor's symbols." Mansour added that "it never occurred to us that anybody would consider it violent" and called any attempts to politicize the Arizona tragedy "repulsive."
The suggestion that the symbols were related to guns seemed to come, however, from Palin herself. On March 23, Palin tweeted to her supporters a note about the aforementioned Facebook message, writing, "Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: 'Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!' Pls see my Facebook page." And as Politico's Jonathan Martin points out, in November Palin boasted about defeating 18 of the 20 members on her "bullseye" list."