Sarah Palin Releases Video Statement On The Arizona Shootings

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jan. 13, 2011

Sarah Palin denounced the “libel” of those who linked to violence in Tucson. The former governor of Alaska and former Republican nominee for U.S. Vice President Sarah Palin said today that those who link their political rhetoric with the shooting last Saturday in Arizona, which left six people dead and 14 injured, engaging in “a despicable libel.”

Sarah Palin, leader of the ultraconservative Tea Party, released an eight minute statement just four days after an individual attacked a group of people who attended a meeting with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson. “The answer monstrous acts of crime themselves,” Palin said, adding that such incidents “begin and end with the criminals who commit them.”

Over the past two years Sarah Palin, former GOP vice presidential candidate, has used repeatedly in her public rhetoric phrases like “do not retire, you have to recharge.” The term used to “recharge”-reload “refers specifically to firearms. During the election campaign last November, the website of Sarah Palin marked by the drawing of a telescopic sight districts “white” for the efforts of conservatives and among them was the district of Gifford.

Many analysts have linked the attack, allegedly perpetrated by a youth identified as Jared Loughna, with that kind of talk by some leaders of the Tea Party in the midst of a heated political debate in America. In her statement, Sarah Palin said that “especially when they have spent a few hours of tragedy, journalists and commentators should not manufacture a criminal libel which only serves to incite the same hatred and violence that supposedly condemn it.”

Sarah Palin said the U.S. political debate “has been heated.” “When was less heated,” continued the former governor asking if “it was in those ‘calmer times,’ when politicians resolved their differences, literally, with dueling pistols.”

“In an ideal world all the discussions would be in polite terms and all differences would be cordial,” Palin said, adding: “Our Founding Fathers knew that they were designing a system perfect for men and women.” “If men and women were angels no government would need”, she added.

According to Sarah Palin, the “genius of the founding fathers was to design a system that would help resolve the inevitable conflicts civilian means” caused by “imperfect passions, and therefore said, must” condemn violence “if “the republic is to endure.”

Rhetoric with references to firearms was common to other prominent figures in the Tea Party, and individuals who identified themselves as members of this movement-arms attended with no boot-political events and presentations of President Barack Obama in 2009.

The former Senate candidate for the state of Nevada Sharron Angle said last year that, in defending their interests, perhaps citizens should seek “a remedy of the Second Amendment.” The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that “because a well regulated militia is necessary to the security of a free State, not violate people’s right to keep and bear arms.”


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