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An Arizona sheriff said he is “not convinced” the person who shot U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and killed a federal judge acted alone.
Samples of videos on what may be his YouTube sites include comments that he “can’t trust the current government because of the ratifications: the government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.”
Giffords narrowly won reelection in November over Republican and tea party favorite Jesse Kelly, after being named to a “Take Back the 20” list released by Palin, the former GOP vice presidential nominee. The list was a compilation of 20 districts where Democrats backed President Barack Obama’s health care reform while the district went Republican in the 2008 presidential election. The website for the enterprise featured gunsights over the districts involved.
Giffords’ Tucson office was vandalized in March after the health care vote. During an appearance on MSNBC shortly thereafter, she noted that Palin had “targeted” her district.
“The way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gunsight over our district,” Giffords said. “And when people do that, they’ve got to realize there’s consequences to that action.” The image with the gun sights is no longer on the Web site of Ms. Palin.
When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And, unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.
It's not unusual for all public officials to get threats constantly, myself included. And that's the sad thing of what's going on in America. Pretty soon, we're not going to be able to find reasonable, decent people who are willing to subject themselves to serve in public office ...
Let me just say one thing, because people tend to poo-poo this business about all the vitriol that we hear inflaming the American public by people who make a living off of doing that. That may be free speech. But it's not without consequences.
- Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik at a press conference about the mass murder in Tucson