Sarah Palin has advanced her political career by appealing to a culture of gun glorification. Attempting to get in her gun bona fides, she has even appeared on a reality TV show firing bullet after bullet at wild animals in her adopted home state of Alaska.
Last year, however, Palin took the gun metaphor to a new level. She drew crosshairs on a map of the United States where vulnerable Democratic members of the House of Representatives were based. The visual suggestion was clear: Shoot them down.
Sarah Palin’s aides took this image offline this afternoon. Why? Today, one of the members of Congress that Sarah Palin put in the crosshairs was literally shot down. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head.
Will other members of Congress that Sarah Palin identified as targets become the victims of gunfire?
Sarah Palin isn’t the only person contributing to the culture of gun glorification, of course. For those who wonder how anyone could have shot a member of Congress in the head, there’s this screenshot to consider, from one of the most popular videos today. It’s entitled, 2010: A Symphony Of Violence.
Is there a gun lover out there today who wants to tell me about how the weapon that put a bullet in the brain of Representative Gabrielle Giffords was necessary to defend liberty?