Quote Throughout our history, though, fringe elements within our society have strayed from these fundamentals. Some called for violence through inflammatory speeches or publications, while others assaulted or killed those with whom they disagreed.
In today’s turbulent political climate, however, threats of violence are no longer confined to fringe figures like Timothy McVeigh or Ted Kaczynski, who were far-removed from the political establishment. In fact, violent rhetoric is quickly becoming the norm among conservative Republicans who seek and/or hold public office.
Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate for Senate in Nevada, said "if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies."
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) said, "We hunt liberal, tree-hugging Democrats, although it’s a waste of good ammunition."
During a GOP event at a gun range, South Florida Republican Robert Lowry fired at a target with the initials of his opponent, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, written on it.
Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) joked about Democratic members who "almost got lynched" at town hall meetings.
Rep. Michele Bachmann said she wanted the American people "armed and dangerous" to fight cap-and-trade legislation.
And after PoliticalCorrection.org posted a fact check debunking a new ad attacking Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), the high profile Republican consultant who produced the ad suggested Media Matters employees should be "curbstomped fortnightly." ("Curbstomping" is a vicious way to kill a person by literally stomping on the back of their head while they lay in a street with their open mouth biting the curb.)
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