Wanton Lethal Violence Against One of Our Public Officials

I have just heard of Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) being shot at a “Congress in your Corner” event in Tucson.  A total of 18 people were shot including the Representative were shot; at least 6 of those shot were killed, including Federal court judge and her district director.  Representative Giffords is currently in surgery with serious injuries.

The Liberal Ironist recently wrote aggressive criticism of several Congressmen co-sponsoring a bill denying citizenship to children of illegal immigrants.  While my criticism was serious, I would like to take this opportunity to say that violence against our public officials–even the “bad ones”–is never justified by such personal disagreements.  Any act of this kind is a sign of the ill mental health of the person responsible, and to a lesser extent perhaps of our political discourse.

I hope you will keep Representative Giffords and the other victims of this carnage in your thoughts–and if you are so-inclined, in your prayers.

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