EMail from MoveOn.org Political Action begins with Here’s what the petition says: “I call for an end to all overt or implied appeals to violence in American politics. We must debate, not hate.”
The post continues: And violent tendencies have been inflamed by the careless and irresponsible rhetoric of certain political leaders. Sarah Palin’s infamous “target list” displayed Democratic districts, including Rep. Giffords’, in crosshairs, as if viewed through a gunsight.4
In addition, violent imagery was prominently featured during the last election. For instance, a rally for Rep. Giffords’ Republican opponent, Jesse Kelly, was promoted with the following notice: “Get on Target for Victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.”5
Perhaps it time to re-evaluate the unmentioned, underlying and unconscious theme of violence in the American Culture.
Should we be surprised of violence in the “old west”? What about the daily emersion of violence of hit video shows, movies, electronic games, and warring attitudes and language. Consider the presence of all of the military weapon manufacturers. Consider the power of the NRA.
Why the shock at the inevitable? Gabrielle Giffords is the victim of the moment.
What will it take to delete guns and violence?
Perhaps understanding and respect of self and others should be part our education system.
And then what can we do to replace the adrenaline rush of violent entertainment? Unfortunately we seem to be wired so that the adrenaline thrill trumps the radiance of love…