Saturday, January 8, 2011

Giffords opponent Kelly said "remove" her with M16

Sarah Palin is not the only politician who targeted Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ-08) with shoot-'em-up imagery. Jesse Kelly, Giffords' Republican Tea Party opponent in last November's general election, did so as well.

Giffords was shot in the head at pointblank range earlier today by an assailant who holds anti-government views similar to those of Palin and Kelly. Seventeen other people were also shot in the brutal assault, and six of those have died.

On his campaign web site's calendar in June 2010, Kelly invited supporters to help "remove Gabrielle Giffords from office Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly" [sic].

Kelly removed all reference to this shocking exhortation from his campaign web site after today's shootings, and he has largely had the site scrubbed of any content. Palin likewise had her infamous crosshairs hit list, which targeted Giffords and 19 other Democratic members of Congress, removed from her PAC's site after the shootings.

Too little, too late in each case.

Giffords is member of House LGBT Caucus

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ-08), who was shot in the head this morning after being targeted by Sarah Palin in a hit piece complete with firearm crosshairs, is one of 91 members of the U.S. House of Representatives LGBT Caucus. The caucus was chaired during the 111th Congress by the three openly gay or lesbian members of Congress, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA-04), Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI-02), and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO-02).

The mission of the caucus is
to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The bi-partisan LGBT Equality Caucus will be comprised of Members of Congress who are strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world. By serving as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues, the Caucus will work toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and well being for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Sarah Palin's hit list, with crosshairs targeting Gabrielle Giffords

In the aftermath of the murderous assault on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ-08) and 17 others in Tucson today, Sarah Palin is trying to run from the fact that she issued a hit list targeting Giffords and 19 other Democratic members of Congress with firearm crosshairs. Giffords was shot in the head by an assailant who harbors anti-government views similar to Palin's. Six people were brutally murdered in this attack and eleven were wounded besides Giffords.

Palin immediately had her hit list removed from her web site, but that graphic lives on in the ether -- and in infamy.

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