New Bill Targets Gun-Related Images, Speech
Would make it federal crime to use "language or symbols" that could incite violence against member of Congress
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/10/2011 6:52:46 PM
Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pa.) says he is working on a bill to make it a federal crime to use "language or symbols" that could be interpreted as inciting violence against a member of Congress, he told CNN in an interview.
Brady's bill comes following the Arizona shootings and criticisms of Sarah Palin using a crosshairs symbol to target Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' district back in March after Giffords, who was seriously wounded in the shooting and the apparent target, voted for the Obama healthcare bill.
"You can't put bulls eyes or crosshairs on a United States congressman or a federal official," Brady told CNN.
Palin said last March that criticisms of her rhetoric as inciting violence were off base. Those criticisms included from Giffords, who said at the time such attacks "have consequences," a phrase echoed by her supporters following the shooting that left her struggling for life with a bullet wound to the head.
Others were arguing Monday that both sides of the political spectrum talk tough about their opponents, including candidate Barack Obama's comment in 2008 that if Philadelphia Republicans bring a knife to the political fight, "we bring a gun."
Brady's office was not available for comment on the bill.
Shooting down a Senator who supports Obamacare is not the answer. You're taking it way too far.
Jesus says we are to love our enemies and bless those who persecute us, even kill us.
Josh Taylor - 1/11/2011 10:08:55 AM EST
First, what a politicizing slime ball. Really, the man couldn't even wait one full week before furthering his own political popularity by exploiting this tragedy?
Are there not such things in this world as isolated incidents?
Second, why would you pass a law against the common man that would drive him further underground?
Jared Loughner did not act as a result of over-zealous rhetoric from the media, he acted as a result of having a seriously, physically defective brain.
If we were to pass this law, 99.xx% of the population would be unaffected, however the fraction of a percent wishing and plotting to carry out heinous acts similar to what occurred this past Saturday, would become less likely to telegraph their intent ahead of time. This would make it impossible to see such a thing coming, if anyone could have seen such a thing.
Passing a law like this would lead those actual schemers among us to remain underground until the final possible moments.
Uncivilized to say the least. The drafters of this bill need to think long and hard about what they're doing and why they're doing.
Brian Sheler - 1/10/2011 8:33:53 PM EST
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