Still Waiting on That Apology

Sarah Palin abused her right of free speech! She published a large U.S. map on the Internet that targeted Tucson, Arizona with rifle cross-hair sights and a circular target on the face of Congresswoman “Gabby” Giffords, who was shot in the head in Tucson. The shooter, who killed nine people, including a popular federal judge and a very bright nine-year-old girl, and wounded 12 others, used a Glock pistol with 31 rounds in a special magazine instead of the usual 10.

There are thousands of paranoid people in this country, who, seeing that map, could take it as a green light to shoot those pictured on Sarah Palin’s target map.

The shooter in Tucson is one of the paranoid mentally ill. He was living in a dream world. It is reported that his favorite book was Mein Kampf, by Adolph Hiter, who outlined his plan to exterminate all of the German Jews. (Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is Jewish.) Surprised?

On TV, I saw Sarah Palin trying to explain away the murders suggested by her target map. She babbled on about being “picked on” by her detractors, referring to this as “blood libel.” (This is a gross misuse of the term, which referred to the medieval persecution of the Jewish people by irate Christians who claimed the Jews used “white children’s” blood for their Jewish ceremonies. Whole communities were burned down.)

Shame on you, Sarah Palin, for equating your personal slights to the killing of thousands of Jews in medieval attacks!

Despite what President Obama said about “maintaining civility” in the memorial service at the University of Arizona, I personally feel that Sarah Palin owes the people of Tucson, the State of Arizona, and the whole country an apology for running that cross-hair sight and target map in the first place on the Internet.

And don’t give us any more of your “lock and load” rhetoric, Sarah Palin. (Unless you want another Tucson.)

P.S. I attended the memorial service at the University of Arizona a day after the shooting in Tucson. I mentally composed this letter while sitting those three hours waiting for President Barack Obama to show up.

Bradley Currey is the founder of the ACLU Chapter in Santa Barbara County and a teacher of 33 years.

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