Have politics in U.S. become too angry, hateful?
Columnist Jesse Mathewson sits outside his Sierra Vista, Arizona home. The town is one of the closest to the Mexican border.
January 12th, 2011
10:13 AM ET

Have politics in U.S. become too angry, hateful?

The question is echoing this week, after Tucson area Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told reporters that words used in political debate have gone too far and can lead to unbalanced individuals erupting in violence.

But how can you honestly answer such a subjective question?

In a three-part series, CNN Radio's Lisa Desjardins speaks to people from the right and the left who use strong and sometimes extreme words against each other, including Jesse Mathewson, a columnist in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Mathewson calls himself a pacifist but has used some extreme words in his opposition to border protection groups, including the Minuteman Civil Defense Project. He has called their founder, Chris Simcox, a "racist bigot."

Desjardins also talks to an expert in extreme speech to find out more about how, and to measure, the way society and individuals talk.

Listen to the first piece in the series here:

You can also listen to the CNN Radio Reports podcast on itunes or subscribe to the podcast here.

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  1. palintwit

    We arrive in rusty 1964 motorhomes.
    We bring our bibles and loaded assault weapons.
    We wear ridiculous hats and dangle teabags from our earlobes.
    We carry misspelled racist signs and stomp all over the White House lawn.
    We are christians. We pray to the baby Jesus as we oil our guns.
    We tell women what to do with their bodies, because we are real Americans.
    We believe the earth is flat, and Sarah Palin is our queen.
    We are the birthers. We are the baggers.
    We are morons and we are proud.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jed

    The GOP likes it angry; it’s the key to their success. Conservative arguments on abortion, immigration, etc., are all found wanting when subjected to reasoned intellectual discourse. Better to keep the fear alive and anger hot, making the elections exciting enough to get people out and vote against everything! Everything except the conservatives who will make life good once again.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lucy28

    In this day and age, many of us have had to go to mandatory "violence in the workplace training." Putting up something showing CROSSHAIRS over co-workers I didn't like or agree with certainly would be UNACCEPTABLE behavior. I'd probably be reprimanded, maybe sent for a psychiatric evaluation or fired!

    Why shouldn't this behavior be questioned of politician. After all don't they WORK for us???

    January 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. matt

    Have politics become too angry? "You betcha."

    So I read Palin's statement in response to the shooting. She said some things which were common sense and which I agreed with. However, I was not surprised that she mostly defended herself, her party and attacked the media, instead of acknowledging that political discourse has actually risen to dangerously angry levels (on both sides of the aisle).

    Again and again, Palin illustrates her concern for herself, her party, and not America as a whole.

    How about just saying "it was a terrible tragedy committed by an insane person, who may or may not have been influenced by political rhetoric of this era. And if he was influenced by the current tense political rhetoric, we need to step back and practice responsible speech, not let ourselves be carried away by words forged in anger."

    Nope, instead – she throws out phrases like "...blood-libel".

    January 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George Bright

    Thank you Lisa!

    January 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Canadian viewer

    As a Canadian, I watched the news reports from the US with horror over the shooting and killing of so many people. However following your political system and watching the political discourse, one can only come to the conclusion as to how much hatred, fear and loathing there seems to be in the American political system. And on both left and right, politicians are playing upon the fears of American citizens. So when certain politicians bring up "death panels" when your government was simply trying to insure all Americans with health care, it becomes obvious the attempt by these politicans to play upon the fears of ordinary Americans. There were definitely no death panels. Also, since when did trying to help the poor in your country somehow become twisted into trying to turn the US into a marxist, communist country? This is twisted logic. Your country has always helped others abroad without the accusations of communism and marxism, so why can you not help those at home who also need it without these accusations? If you yell fire in a burning building you're held accountable. Those politicans that are playing upon the economic, political and religious fears of the ordinary American, whether on the left or right should be held accountable, should be ashamed of themselves, and should take a long, hard look in the mirror and realize that their self righteous accusations really are about themselves and not those they claim to be fighting against.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      bible and guns are strange bedfellow...but it makes sense to right wing crazies....somehow...love your neighbor, shoot them is they are marxist

      January 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Katie

    I think the political scene in this country has gotten way out of hand. The political parties are completely unwilling to work with each other, and are more busy blaming the other for our problems than looking for ways to fix them. If they are unable to work together, how are they ever going to find solutions? The fighting is just dividing our country, and if it doesn't stop soon our problems will continue to grow out of hand.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Making accusation against those on the right for what this young man did is not going to help in bringing people together. As more information is coming out it is becoming clear this was not induced by right wing radio or Palin strategic campaign map. The liberals made this accusation soon after this horrible tragedy without any facts only their own personal bias against those they do not like.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      I guess you are still unable to comprehend the nature of "accusations". No one says you people provided bullets to Jarrod Laughlin. But there are dozens of similar cases when you have, by your constant hate mongering, anti-government fear rhetoric. You've made the bed, now sleep in it.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tony

    an anti-government crazy killer bears his 2nd amendment remedies against a Democrat, previously targeted by right wing.....
    ….But let’s work on “not jumping to conclusions”.

    There are HUNDREDS of Tea-Party inspired Jerrods out there:



    January 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. a2rjr

    Still no statistics Tony. You're just another left-wing loser that flap his jibs making an empty noise. Free education for you, the shooter had no political party affiliation. He hated all government, news and talk radio. He acted on his own. The gun didn't shoot itself so stop the pansy left-wing 2nd Amendment bull crap. It doesn't matter why the judge was there or anyone else. So stop blaming everyone other than the gunman. No go get you government handout.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      just don't shoot anybody

      January 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AnneS

    The answer is yes, politics have become too angry and hateful.

    In electronics, we reference something known as "signal to noise ratio", which is the ratio of actually communication signal versus the electronic noise on the line. If there is too much noise, the signal gets lost. In the case of public discourse, the signals that are carrying the information needed for intelligent decision is being lost in the noise of insults, name-calling and extraneous uncivil rants.

    However, looking at the comments here and on other, non-political stories, it is clear that it is not just politics or politicians. It isn't just the politicians, it is everyone that engages in public discourse, whether as a well known public figure, or an individual sitting at a keyboard posting a comment on a board like this. This is not a problem of democrats, republicans, conservatives or liberals. The problem cuts across all social and economic lines.

    It seems there is little discussion or civil debate in public discourse - instead rants, name calling, general rudeness and nastiness are used to outshout opponents.

    The only way to fix it is if we, as individuals, take a step back, take a deep breath and reread what we are saying before we hit "Post". It doesn't matter whether your point is good or bad if your delivery is so inflammatory that it people immediately ignore it or craft an equally nasty reply, your point is lost. Each of us needs to clean up our own signal to noise ratio first, rather than pointing at other people.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Anne, no it does not cut accross other lines. Anti-goverment gun rattling 2nd amendment studded rhetoric is right wing only. Now they are trying to disown it, in light of what happened. Right wingers are hypocritical cowards. Their religion says LOVE not hate. They hate, they spead vicious lieas about our current President, calling him disquisting names, calling him illegal, using bad economy (for which they are responsible) to stoke the flames of popular discontent, and to point fingers and to demonize. And now we can't demonize. Ok. I am fine with that. Only the right will never stop, it is their AMMO – just wait and see.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. psmail2

    "Don't Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!" - Palin

    "If this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking towards those Second Amendment remedies." - Angle

    Too angry? No way.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      If anything . . . not angry enough. Some keep voting for these jerks. We should march right into Congress - and statute legislatures - en masse - grab each of them by the ear and yank them right out of their seats and show them the door - just like they did to the city council in one town recently. Everyone showed up and told them they were fired and booted them out. That's what we need to do.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Sandy, or maybe educate yourself on facts and be civil. You are advocating POGROMS. Nice going, right wnger.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Righton

      At least she can spell commie!

      January 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • notAngryEnough

      Too angry??? Are you kidding me???

      100 years ago there were fist fights in the congress, people were fighting and dying for their rights.. now people care more to "battlestar gallactica" and "the Jets game" than losing their liberties... the whole world is imploding but I still see America as the last hope.. as long as we can save the Republic... people need to wake up... peacefully but wake up..

      January 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JamesX

      I think some are confusing Angry with Barbarity. Btw just 70 years ago people were rounding people up into concentration camps in this country and robbing them of everything they own. Yes in this country. So because it happened in the past that makes it all good, and we should do it again? and that is the right thing to do?

      January 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • notAngryEnough

      the point is most people arent even involved today. they would rather sit at the tv or video games than take action against their eroding liberties. for politicians to say language has become too heated and use that as a reason to further erode liberties is ridiculous considering the majority of our population is as politically complacent as its ever been. people died for our liberties, who cares so much to die for them today? certainly not enough.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Righton – Tony is spelling "pogrom" correctly, you are obviously ignorant of that a pogrom is and need to educate yourself as well.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • POGROM

      @ rick&Tony

      The spelling of it is irrelevant when its used in a way completely inconsistent with its meaning. A pogrom is government sanctioned dummy. It makes no sense to say that advocating throwing members of the government out of their place forcefully is advocating a pogrom. Way to use big words you don't understand trying to sound sophisticated you left wing snob.

      January 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      I find it sad that many states don't have "the rest of the story" they only have conservative or right wing TALK SHOWS, so they are ignorant to any other opinions, therefore they are being brainwashed to one side!

      January 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gil Gomes

      I think this is a display of deep dissatisfaction in this country with the individuals who we've chosen to lead us. I deplore all gun violence and wouldn't wish anyone to be subjected to it. On the other hand, I'm a staunch supporter of the second amendment and own over a dozen firearms.
      I think we're all finally sick to the heart of dealing with bipartisan crap, when the country is in such a state of disrepair.

      These CLOWNS can't work together for the good of the country... Oh no... Their job is to work for their PARTY. It's very deeply depressing, to say the least...

      January 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      just watch f o x n e w s for more than 5 minutes all u here is obama hate. and in between that is bogus lies of misinformation. there is nothing more disturbing than a so called news agency having an 10 year old yelling obama hate rhetoric.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    In addition to the 1 Grandson whose Mother got RID of his trash "music",and he was a Navy officer,and now a Police officer,we had 2 other grandkids who thought THEY could do things too.Both turned out fine,but at 17,both,1a boy~1a girl,found themselves in jail on some minor charges.BOTH sets of parents said"we dont DO bail!"the boy spent 10 days ~the girl 3weeks.Today,many.moons later,the boy has a masters degree and is a MINISTER.The girl has a good job,a little boy to whom she is a very good parent,a nice home. We wonder~WHERE would those grandkids BE today,had their parents not said the 1st TIME~"you got into it~you can get yrself OUT of it"!~Was that easy?Of course not~but it was RIGHT for the child and thats what counts! They are all raising THEIR children as THEY were raised~even more important in todays`world.And the grandaughter who was once in a little trouble herself,says Mom&Dad were RIGHT and that she is raising HER boy to those standards as well.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seraphim0

      And what, exactly, did this have to do with the article at hand?

      January 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      I can't imagine what this has to do with anything!

      January 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Oh for crying out loud, MAKE SENSE

      January 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ranstubb

      After reading this, I'm ashamed to be from Illinois

      January 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hank

    At tea party rallies last year there people carrying signs that had photos of President Obama made up to look like Hitler. There were also signs that called for the killing of Obama, his wife and his children. John Boehner attended some of these rallies. He nor any other member of the Republican leadership denounced these signs. When you dehumanize someone like this it makes it a lot easier to commit acts of violence. Where was the leadership of the Republlican party when this was happening?

    January 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      During a visit to Seattle there were protesters with signs of Bush made out to be Hitler and scope sights around his image. Where was the outrage? There was none this is what is so hypocritical

      January 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      The leadership of Republican party panders to the lowest common denominator ignorance. It has been their credo, it is the only reason the carried the November elections, and now WE AS A SOCIETY are supposed to pay the price? When right wing hatred inspired loonies walk around killing OUR politicians and innocents! I say WE HAD ENOUGH! We will not back down, we will see justice be served THIS TIME.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeanney

      and where is their sense of personal responsibility even now? The hate mongers continue to blame those who are calling them on their stirring up of dehumanizing denunciations of those they disagree with instead of owning up to at least a share of the blame for their inciteful words.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • mom in CA

      Hank, what about the DLC in 2004 – a map of the country with targets on districts they were going to try to win? What about Obama's – punish your enemies, or we'll bring a gun comments? Loughner's favorite book was the Communist Manifesto and no one can recall him ever listening to talk radio (mostly conservative) or anything else that leaned right.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Oh, here we go again...

      Democrats pander to the lowest common denominator far more than the republicans ever have. The majority of welfare recipients, low income types are democrats.

      We have a choice as a nation, we can allow john q. public to keep more of his money (and thusly spend more and make the economy work) or we can take it from him and give it to the government so they can decide who to give it to to keep even more people on the dole.

      As far as I know, it's never been the government's job to run the economy or control which business lives or dies. besides, the government has never "run" a program on budget, or on time.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • gumbojim

      groovygoober is doing a HUGE disservice to Spongebob right now and it needs to stop. Welfare recipients aren't the lowest common denominator. They are merely people who are down on their luck and need some help. I find it hard to believe you've never needed help from someone or some "thing" during your life, unless you're a trust fund brat, but I kind of doubt that given your Appalachian dialect.

      But declaring that we need "2nd amendment remedies" is pandering to the lowest common denominator. That kind of talk is only funny until someone loses an eye. Or half her skull and some brain tissue. Grow up. And read a book, for pete's sake.

      Some people's kids...

      January 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • truth2power

      The TeaParty is nothing more than an angry mob.
      And remember what Ben Franklin said...
      "Anything that is begun in anger, ends in shame."

      January 12, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      Let's face it, Republicans have nothing to offer the average American therefore they spey fear, to keep the uninformed on their side.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      palin stupid is an epidemic of the palin stupids

      January 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    Tony there is no evidence that Rush or Palin or anyone else had any influence on this young man none what so ever. You can sit there and make up stories all you want but there are no facts that has shown that this guy was influenced. This is a liberal witch hunt plain and simple. You don't like some on the right and will use anything you can find to attack them. Facts be damned

    January 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Here are some facts for you, let's see how fast they dissapear from this site...Ready?

      January 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      November 29, 2010—U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, circulates a PowerPoint presentation to his colleagues in which he compares the Obama administration to the Nazi regime in Germany and likens himself to Gen. George Patton, bragging, "Put anything in my scope and I will shoot it."

      January 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      November 10, 2010—Public schools in Broward County, Florida, go into lockdown after an email threat is received by WFTL 850 AM. The email is sent to conservative radio host Joyce Kaufman in response to remarks she made at a Tea Party event in July ("If ballots don't work, bullets will"). The email expresses support for her view of the Second Amendment and says that to further "their cause...something big will happen at a government building in Broward County, maybe a post office maybe even a school." A phone call is then received at the station, allegedly from the emailer's wife, warning that he is preparing to go to a Pembroke Pines school and open fire.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      November 9, 2010—Concealed handgun permit holder George Thomas Lee, 69, of Walhalla, South Carolina, is arrested on the town's main street for disseminating and promoting obscenity by bearing signs "laden with expletives and taking aim at U.S. foreign policy, President Barack Obama, blacks in general, Jews and the nation of Israel." Officers also seize literature from Lee that details "the most expedient means of killing law enforcement officers." The November 9 arrest follows an October 19 arrest for assault after Lee kicked and swung his signs at a group of girls between the ages of 12 and 14....

      January 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      November 4, 2010—On his radio show, conservative host Glenn Beck fantasizes about President Obama being decapitated during a trip to India, saying, "If anybody thinks he was a Muslim over here, well God forbid, they think he was a Muslim over there because he left his religion for Christianity, death sentence, behead him.” Beck then tells his listeners that "God forbid" this should happen, as there would be a "New World Order" overnight in the United States.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      November 3, 2010—James Patock, 66, of Pima County, Arizona, is arrested on the National Mall in the District of Columbia after law enforcement authorities find a .223 caliber rifle, a .243 caliber rifle barrel, a .22 caliber rifle, a .357 caliber pistol, several boxes of ammunition, and propane tanks wired to four car batteries in his truck and trailer. Patock former neighbor in Arizona reported that, "He hated the president. He hated everything. He said if he got a chance he would shoot the president." Patock tells authorities he is a member of the National Rifle Association.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      September 13, 2010—Police stop Richard Scott McLeod, 48, for a traffic violation in Webberville, Michigan, and upon searching his vehicle, discover bumper stickers quoting Adolf Hitler, a picture of President Barack Obama, a loaded handgun, a bullet-proof vest, and bomb-making materials. McLeod is arrested and charged with illegally carrying a concealed weapon and unlawful possession of body armor. McLeod tells officers that he is a member of the Michigan Militia. The group denies any relationship with McLeod...

      January 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      July 29, 2010—Jack Dailey, the founder of the Appleseed Project (which is dedicated to teaching every American how to fire a bullet through a man-size target out to 500 yards), explains that Americans should own an AR-15 assault rifle "because they want to tell us what to do. And we don't want them to tell us what to do." James Faire, an Appleseed trainer, states that, "the government has quite literally become tyrannical. It is fulfilling the principles outlined in The Communist Manifesto. It's completely out of control from city to state to federal to international law. All predicate their existence on plundering the individual and his rights. The only thing to do now is to organize citizens into a militia to abolish this government."

      January 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      April 7, 2010—Gregory Lee Giusti, 48, of San Francisco, California, is arrested for making threatening phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Giusti allegedly called Pelosi dozens of times, recited her home address, and told her that if she wanted to see it again, she should drop her support for health care reform legislation. Giusti had a "history of mental health problems" and his mother indicated he was influenced by "Fox News and all of those that are really radical."

      January 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • kls1957

      Tony, congratulations on all your examples. The only problem is that there is just as much or more hate speech from your side but I'm sure you are OK with that because the right wing "deserves" to be hated. You are a very bigoted and hateful person.
      People should stop being so partisan. The parties are not really that much different. They have recently engaged in "aggressive marketing" by trying to make themselves look like saints and the other side look like the devil incarnate.
      Anybody who takes sides like this needs to get a clue; you are just being used by the parties. If you want to engage in blind partisanship, stick to sports teams, not politics.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      These are not "examples". These are real people and real lives. Like that 9 year old girl. We must cure the disease of violence and hatred coming from the right. Who did lefties kill recently? Please tell..

      January 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kas

      All you have to do is read the comments on this very thread to know that politics have gotten angry.

      Do we have a right to be angry? YES... should we allow the politicians and the MEDIA (Rush/Palin included) to DIVIDE us through manipulation to keep us in check? NO... We, the people should be mature enough to put aside our differences (many of which were brainwashed into us by the very people each side "defends," and come together as Americans and kick BOTH parties out of OUR Governments... most of them lie to us and manipulate us just so we can elect them and give them POWER so that they can have status and of course the kickbacks from the ultra rich are nice. Stop being naive American... neither side is FOR YOU... STOP FIGHTING FOR THEM.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rodney

      You are right-on. Read it again folks... "niether side is for YOU". What both parties do in spreading hatred is patently un-American. Harry Reid, Rush Limbaugh, Nancy Pelosi, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck... none has any interest in the the good of the country, only in increasing their power, influence, and/or bank accounts. I doubt they even believe their own inflamitory statements much of the time.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske

      Tony. Who did lefties kill recently? One killed every single person on September 11th, 2001. Several years earliier Democrat President Bill Clinton told our high powered scope armed CIA agent (who was on a ridge overlooking Bin Laden in his compound courtyard in Afghanistan) NOT to shoot and kill Bin Laden.
      Bill Clinton is responsible for every single death of 9/11.
      That trumps any more garbage you can come up with.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Go Tony!!

      January 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • gumbojim

      Bill Clinton killed everyone on 9/11???? LOLOLOL Umm, somebody get Jim Brieske his meds. He's starting to see the purple fish flying over his house again.

      I think maybe Spongebob was responsible for 9/11. Seriously, how can ya trust anybody that lives in a pineapple?

      It could have been Squidward, but I kinda doubt that. He's too fancy.

      Maybe it was the butler in the den with the monkey wrench. Nah, too cliche...

      January 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • gumbojim

      And that trumps any garbage you can come up with...

      January 12, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske

      Gumbojim. You are really a stupid pathetic person with very little reasoning skills. Exactly the liberal democrat piece of garbage who it would be best for the safety of the country if you just shut up.
      If Adolf Hitler were killed in 1933 by an English sniper; then, do you believe WWII would have still occurred and 6 million Jews still would have been exterminated? You probably do. You have no logic or reasoning ability and that makes you dangerous during this time period.
      You are a moron.

      January 13, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. John

    Facts? Accusation nothing more than that.This is hot air liberals spouting off against those they despise.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      August 17, 2010—Patrick Gray Sharp, 29, opens fire on the Department of Public Safety in McKinney, Texas, and unsuccessfully attempts to ignite gasoline and ammonium nitrate in a trailer hitched to his truck. Sharp is armed with an assault rifle, a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, and a 12-gauge shotgun. He is killed after an exchange of gunfire with police arriving on the scene. Miraculously, no one else is hurt. Sharp's roommate, Eric McClellan describes him as "a great guy" and states, "We're Texans. We have a right to bear arms."

      January 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      August 14, 2010—Former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack—who gained fame in anti-government circles by joining a mid-1990s lawsuit against the federal government over the Brady Bill requirement that state law enforcement agencies conduct background checks on gun purchasers—tells those in attendance at the American Policy Center's 2010 Freedom Action Natonal Conference, "My dear friends, I pray for the day that the first sheriff in this country is the one to fire the shot heard 'round the world and take out some IRS agents!"

      January 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      July 18, 2010—California Highway Patrol officers arrest Byron Williams, 45, after a shootout on I-580 in which more than 60 rounds are fired. Officers had pulled Williams over in his pick-up for speeding and weaving in and out of traffic when he opened fire on them with a handgun and a long gun. Williams, a convicted felon, is shot several times, but survives because he is wearing body armor. Williams, a convicted felon, reveals that he was on his way to San Francisco to "start a revolution" by killing employees of the ACLU and Tides Foundation. Williams' mother says her son was angry at "Left-wing politicians" and upset by "the way Congress was railroading through all these Left-wing agenda items."

      January 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      March 29, 2010—A Northeast Philadelphia man, Norman Leboon, is charged with threatening the life of Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). Leboon, 38, is arrested by the FBI after posting a YouTube video in which he referred to Cantor's family and threatened,"bulllets...will be placed in your heads." Leboon made hundreds of YouTube videos with anti-government themes, and threatened others, including President Barack Obama, the Democratic Leadership in Congress, and the Pope. Leboon has a long history of mental illness, but was able to obtain a concealed handgun permit in Pennsylvania, which alarmed his family.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
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