Saturday, January 08, 2011
Is it harmless, or is it incendiary?
Reload... take aim... target. That lovely map first appeared in March 2010 -- "Don't retreat... reload!".
Gabrielle Giffords said then that this kind of rhetoric has consequences.
Yes, I know the shooter does not appear to have been a Palin fan.
Still. Does the metaphor, cheerfully thrown around by an elected official, contribute to, sanction, encourage a culture of gun violence as problem-solver?
Further - do people really need to be able to carry concealed weapons in this country?
Is it really such a freakin' big deal to wait a few weeks before you're allowed to buy a gun?
A 9 year-old girl was shot today at that Tuscon supermarket, along with the grown-ups. Her name was Christina, and she went to see the Congresswoman's event because she'd just been elected to her school council. She danced, and played baseball. Now she's dead.
A lot is going to be said about the killed and injured grown-ups. Tonight, I'm thinking about Christina and her family.