Post-Giffords Shooting, Here Comes The Knee-Jerk Anti-Free Speech Anti-Gun Legislation

You knew it would happen. They never let a good crisis go to waste.

Rep. Robert Brady is leveraging the Tucson tragedy for an attack on free speech by proposing legislation that would make it a crime to say or display any speech or symbols that could be perceived as threatening to a member of Congress:

Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pennsylvania, said he will introduce legislation making it a federal crime for a person to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a Member of Congress or federal official.

Brady’s decision to offer the legislation comes less than 24 hours after a gunman attempted to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, in a shooting that claimed the lives of a federal judge, and a nine year-old girl, among others.

“The president is a federal official,” Brady said in a telephone interview with CNN. “You can’t do it to him; you should not be able to do it to a congressman, senator or federal judge.

“This is not a wake up call, this is major alarms going off,” he said.

Brady is particularly incensed over a web posting by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during the 2010 election in which she targeted 20 House Democrats, including Giffords for political defeat. The posting showed a map of the United States with the 20 Democratic congressional districts identified by gun sights.

“You can’t put bulls eyes or crosshairs on a United States congressman or a federal official,” Brady said. “I understand this web site that had it on there is no longer in existence. Someone is feeling a little guilty.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy wants to leverage the shootings for more gun control despite, ironically, Rep. Giffords herself being a gun-owning proponent of gun rights:

One of the fiercest gun-control advocates in Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), pounced on the shooting massacre in Tucson Sunday, promising to introduce legislation as soon as Monday.

McCarthy ran for Congress after her husband was gunned down and her son seriously injured in a shooting in 1993 on a Long Island commuter train.

“My staff is working on looking at the different legislation fixes that we might be able to do and we might be able to introduce as early as tomorrow,” McCarthy told POLITICO in a Sunday afternoon phone interview.

Gun control activists cried it was time to reform weapons laws in the United States, almost immediately after a gunman killed six and injured 14 more, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Arizona on Saturday.

Many said that people with a history of mental instability, like the alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, should not be able to buy a gun — and no one should be able to buy stockpiles of ammunition used by the 22-year-old assailant.

Or maybe members of Congress should exercise their 2nd amendment right to arm themselves (as some already are).

Regardless, the opponents of liberty are tireless and will use any excuse they can latch onto.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • sbark

    quote: make it a crime to say or display any speech or symbols that could be perceived as threatening to a member of Congress:

    hmmm………so that would have made any Citizen dissent in last summers Town Hall meetings over Obama Care illegal??

    I wonder what creative name they’ll attache to this since Fairness Doctrine has already been used

    • Mountainmouth

      Probably something like: The elected official and children safety act.

      They don’t dare call it: First Amendment infringement and excuse for Congressmen to avoid constituents act. I guess next we will should just eliminate those darn elections – that is the real threat (to their power)

      • $8194357

        Elections will continue but only one party and canidate will run. Chavez fiqured this out as well.

  • flamemeister

    Great diagram. Should be a t-shirt. Brain is quite a bit too large & should be a lot browner in color.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Brady is right about one thing, someone is feeling a little guilty, and took down her website where she had targeted Gifford with crosshairs.

    • 2hotel9

      Yes, that would be HufPo, trannitized. And DKos yanked several posted articles and comments in which Ms Giffords was called a traitor to the Democrat Party, one that said she was “dead” because she opposed Nanny Pelosi. You are so right, tranni, you leftarded c*nts are desperately attempting to “cleanse” all of your violent rhetoric against Rep Gifford. Too bad you can’t scrub all those caches and screen captures, whiny lying c*nt.

      • $8194357

        Alot of lame stream media stories about minority leader Pelosi inspiring fear in the party for those who ‘dared’ vote against her. Double standards for leftist free speech. Only from the right or conservitive point of veiw mus it be silenced.


      “someone is feeling a little guilty,”


      • $8194357

        He told us we are ‘insane’ because we have a different world outlook than his…Don’t rattle him…He may have the germ to snap and take actions into his own hands as well. Tolerance is not practiced from the left unless you are in lockstep with their ideolgies. I am feeling so threatened by his writings I am afraid to talk to him anymore…I think we need to pass laws to keep these folks secure in their own reality so no one upsets them and they snap….The shoe is on the other food here as I on the right change roles and modle someone on the left….I learned this technique of role exchance for a diversity training seminar so we could become more sensitive to the benifactors of the PC crowds feelings..You know,,,The victoms entitlements mentalities.
        One more shot at the left here….Oh it is just so difficult to not be understood or respected for who I am and the way I am….They don’t practice what they preach very well. I won’t even get into the “ethics” training. What a farce..

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          The shoe is on the other “food”? And you learned to “modle” yourself after someone on the left to infiltrate the PC crowds?

          I didn’t say all of you were crazy, I just said YOU were crazy, and I stand by that statement. You, Neiman, 2Hotel9 and Robert are all cut from the same crazy cloth.

          • $8194357

            This is called dislexic and a learning disabiltiy. It makes folks like me work way harder than the “gifted like you” The shoe is on the other FOOT and as far as MODLE goes. the word ROLE in front of it should give you a clue as to what was intended, no? Back in the day we did not have millions of taxpayers dollars to have special ed teachers union backed democrats read our tests to us and give us a thumbs up passing grade for no effort on our part….I was a d- student, before the dr. phills of the world didn’t want to hurt peoples feeling and we really did have a level playing field, an even tho I was not dumb or ignorant, I got the grade that was given by fair and standardized practice of teaching the abc’s and history happened to be one place where I had an interest as I could see the crap they were teaching us didn’t line up with what my grandparents told me how it was before the all powerfull OZ and the folks behind the curtain were pulling the levers in DC. So I have been a Bible reading factual history buff everysince. Todays “EDUCATORS” wouldn’t understand having to “WORK” twice as hard to get what you got. After all the communist brainwashing and PC crap they are fed as the “SHAPERS OF THE MINDS OF THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION” and the demi-goqurary (spelling sic) of self importance of Marx, Lenin and Freud, they know little of what makes a human with a soul work or tick, but are indeed “STEERING” the future of the communist totalitarian agenda by indoctrination and brainwashing. Have a good day and don’t go off on me now OK…..God Bless..

          • $8194357

            As a visual learner maybe I can pass what I know on with this video clip on PC..

            I like to start the new year with a lot of info to make informed choice myself. Here is a video that is nothing more than a refresher course on how America came to be where we are at today.

            Cultural terrorism. Lucas asked “Who shall save us from western culture?” Indoctrinate the children into Marxist ideolgy and re-educate the upcoming generations into secularism and anti religion. Now being used to introduce Americans into Islamic Cultural Jihad and terrorism. To tear down thru critical theory the old Jeudeo/Christian western patriarchal and replace it with the matriarcal majority consensus (majority rule democracy) and build a new secular utopia thru critical theory and sexual liberation. To become intolerant to any other point of view but the radicle lefts. Call anything that doesn’t support this facist and name it evil. Hillary and Alinsky called it “nation building out of cause and group.”
            Here is a end of year refresher as to how come this country doesn’t know right from wrong or good from evil anymore.
            In Liberty and Faith,
            Don Bingen


      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        The carnal man cannot know Christ, and it is these words of wisdom that you are unable to understand because you are not of his flesh, but from the flesh of outcasts from heaven.

        • 2hotel9

          And there is trannitized, twirling&spinning as well as defending its boy Jared. Typical for a racist Democrat a$$hole.

        • $8194357

          Hey who’s paper did you copy that off of? Sound very similar to one of my insane rants to you ,no?

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Now scrub this hate speech from history…

    Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
    Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
    Obama on ACORN: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
    Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
    Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
    Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
    Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
    Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
    Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”

    Obama: “words, only words”

    • Old Chick

      M.Malkin has an excellent post with numerous examples of unbelievable rhetoric.

      • Mountainmouth

        Michelle Malkin presents and documents quite a list of lefty malfeasance.
        The Left has no credibility or standing to accuse any group (other than their own) of inciting any thing.

        This is the SOP for the Alinsky Agenda of lies and misinformation

        • $8194357

          Ah, the Chicago connection again..Old Saul….Dedicated his communist social justice book and rules to who? Did I here anyone say Lucifer?? The first born radicle? Root systems. Communist union infiltration, local and and national political connections, Bill Ayers teacher college accredidation plan to standardize the communist anti capitalist message..Bills Dad being a bigshot in the computor security company that was hacked into to get a peek at Barrys unreleased passport. (hacker shot to death in front of a Chicago Babtist Church). Ah….the Blagovitch mayor Daily, Alinsky and Hillary breeding ground of socialist, communist corruption. I hope I am not being to critical here as maybe the pattern I see here is not senisitive enough to the left or PC enough for Democrats..

        • WOOF

          Rules for Patriots, the Glenn Beck, FreedomWorks publication is dedicated “to Saul Alinsky, whose rules we expropriate”
          Got your edition?
          You are all Commies now.


  • HG

    Palin should never have pulled down the site.

    • realitybasedbob
      • 2hotel9

        Keep spreading the lies, booborygami, it is all you have.

        • borborygmi

          You are such an idiot 2/9./. That little paranoid voice in you head still telling you that I and Rbb are the same guy? Rbb you have him all confused. Now he sees multiple of you.

          • 2hotel9

            No, boob, just see you defending a leftard wackjob who murdered a bunch of people in the name of your ideology, hatred for America.

          • $8194357

            Whoop there it is…Whoop there it is…Nothing but truth with this little statement.

          • realitybasedbob

            borborygmi, a comment like that from 2h is confirmation that I am on the right track.
            I look forward to being blessed by him.

          • 2hotel9

            Ah, ain’t that cute?!? booborygami is talking to itself again.

      • HG

        Rbb, your libs cry foul while the rhetoric and symbolism you condemn the right for is just as prevelant, if not more so, on your side.

        Hypocritics. You people are as low as they come. You’ll proudly politicize this shooting within the first 24 hours of the event, if you think your party can benefit from it.

        Shameless opportunists.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Sarah is incapable of being responsible with her words and actions. She certainly is no leader, other than a cheerleader to the fanatics and dangerous right wing militia’s.

        • HG

          H, poor soul. Your incapable of knowing disgrace.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            HG, it’s you’re, not “your”. Further, don’t blame me for the secret service memo that correlates an uptick in death threats with irresponsible behavior from Palin, that had to be quelled by McCain’s camp and McCain himself.

            Get over your fondness of the woman long enough to have an honest discussion.

          • HG

            Now’s not the time, H.

          • 2hotel9

            Where is your proof that Palin committed this crime? Where is your proof that Palin threatened the President of the United States, whiny lying c*nt?

          • HG

            It has nothing to do with proof. It the seriousness of the empty, unfounded , baseless accusation that they are hoping politically to capitalize on.

          • Mountainmouth

            I am trying to remember what was said about the book about the assassination of G W Bush-
            I think it was referred to as art – Who was quelling rhetoric? It was defended and claimed as First Amendment free speech.

            Your double standard is showing

          • $8194357

            Kind of like the left and cartoons on Islam…NO NO you can’t offend these folks like that, it is there religion, but pictures of Christ being pissed on they have no problem with…So who is the agenda giver of the agenda and what is it’s real goal, not the cause it hides behind???Same one that has kept the world at war since it’s creation, Envy Greed and Hate come from where? Evil is as Evil does no matter what ideolgy or group it hides behind, no?

          • Mountainmouth

            Ironic that the liberals hate conservatives more than terrorists – The jihadi’s would torture and behead the libs with extreme prejudice and cruelty. It is the very cultural decay the left has promoted and brought about that the islamo-fascist find so offensive.

            They consider us the real enemy – Stupid is as stupid does.

            By there rational and logic – they are directly responsible for all the terrorists and problems with Muslims. Wonder if they will make that part of the analysis.
            Never mind, that would require truth and honesty – virtues unknown to the left

          • $8194357

            Yeah, I hear ya..Don’t confuse me with facts or truth…I need my fix of doctrine and ideology..
            Here is another example of how far this thing has gone…1930 internationalist global law guru quoted at the Holder Injustice Dept.

            And at the top of the page, is a rather interesting quote:
            “The common law is the will of mankind, issuing from the life of the people.”

            Catchy, huh? Just one tiny little (too small to be relevant obviously) point — the quote is from C. Wilfred Jenks, who in the 1930’s was a leading proponent of the “international law” movement, which had as its goal to impose a global common law and which backed lobal workers’ rights.’

            Call it Marxism, call it Progressivism, call it Socialism — under any of those names, it definitely makes the DOJ look corrupt in their sleek, new black website with Marxist accessories to match.


            Internationalist global law overiding the Constitution….Sotamoyor and Kagen will just love this crap. Anyone going global soon?

  • Goon

    Rahm Dead Fish Emanuel said “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

    • $8194357

      In my studies of the left I have found the engineer and manufacture alot of the “crisis” they use to legislate submission and control. This pattern this old hunter picked up on along time ago…IE Acorn, voter moter registration to accomplish the voter fraud they blame for disenfranchiseing the poor and the minority vote. They create the crisis, point right, scream loud, and blame the failures on the staus quo Constiturional System that needs ACLU lawyers and socialist totaltalitarian control thru more leftist regulation and confiscation. Its a pattern..

  • $8194357

    Here is a simple equation of the 180 spin move….Don’t listen to the rhetoric, but watch what they really do. Always 180 out from the caring and compasionate liberal dribble and vary scary and hateful. They hide behind cause and use human shields to hide behind…

    Hitler Lover Loughner Targeted First Jewish Congresswoman from Arizona, Gabrielle Giffords
    In this video, the Arizona political leftwing radical mass slaughterer, Jared Loughner, is dressed up as a terrorist as he sets the American flag on fire. The song you hear is “Let the bodies hit the floor” by the Drowning Pool, the same song the US government used to an interrogation tool at GITMO.

    Further, it is now official that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was indeed the target. It bears noting that Giffords is the first Jewish congresswoman elected from that state (Atlas was one of the first to point that out early yesterday). One of Loughner’s favorite books is Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

    It is on the left where the Jew-hatred and demonization of Israel is found today. Jew-hatred and anti-Israel rhetoric is a major platform, a cause celebre of the left.

    It is worth noteing here that Mein Kampf and Jihad have the same meaning litteraly….”My Struggle”
    Evil is as evil does my moma always used to say….Forest Gump…..
    God Bless and take care.
    In Liberty and Faith

  • badlands4

    Would Ed Schultz be responsible for a psycho burning down his/her place of employment? Ed Schultz said; quote “I’m going to torch this [bleep]ing place.” because he wasn’t going to be included in some promo?

    Would the British tv channel More4 who aired the Bush assassination film have been responsible if someone had actually assassinated President Bush?

    Would the person who hung Sarah Palin in effigy have been responsible had someone actually kidnapped Sarah Palin and hung her?

    Would ELF be responsible if someone burned down an apt building or office building complex because it was “harming” Mother Earth, but those buildings were OCCUPIED vs unoccupied this time around?

    Is the(hmmm, I believe the Daily Kos) responsible for the Congresswoman’s attempted murder because he/they said she is “dead to me”?

    Would a Hollywood star who went on Jay Leno’s show and said about a former love “she ripped my heart out” be responsible if some psycho were to actually rip the heart out of a woman he was fixated on?

    This shooter said in his rambling manifest that bad grammar and illiteracy was part of the reason he did this? Perhaps he came to this blog and read all the threads containing Hannitized and Proof’s grammar war posts and said “oh yes, right on. Happens in my district as well. Illiterate people who don’t know where to place a comma are ruining society”?

    Is Al Gore and other hard core environmentalists responsible for the Discovery Channel guy?

    This gunman was also obsessed with 2012. Is the History Channel responsible for his actions? Every time I turn the channel on lately, the History Channel is running a program on 2012 or prophecies that predict 2012.

    The answer to all of the above is NO. Someone is not responsible for a crime because they fall into the same religion or race as the person who commits the crime.

    People are not responsible for a person who commits a crime because they have said have made flippant remarks or words that are taken out of context.

    The person responsible for this horrible thing is the person that committed the crime. This person wasn’t “right wing” he had views that ranged from mind control to some kind of skull shrine in his yard to an obsession with bad grammar, to 2012 prophecy and mind control”. One of his favorite books listed on his My Space or Facebook page was the Communist Manifesto. He was also apparently very angry about the Army’s dissemination of Bibles; not exactly Right Wing, more like ACLU anger.

    His views were all over the map and that map was a map from crazy town.

    In short, he was a psycho and HE is responsible for what happened.

    To use tragedies like this for political gain is disgusting and despicable, REGARDLESS of which side does it.

    Perhaps we should all step back and remember that people were murdered and injured and they deserve to not be used as political pawns.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      9/11 victims were murdered and used as political pawns to invade Iraq by a bunch of right wing nuts. I think the victims of this murder have a right to tell us what they feel should be the message for the person who murdered many of these Democrats.

      • 2hotel9

        And there are more of trannitized’s lies and sh*t, all in defense of its boy Jared. Your hatred for America shines through with every comment you post, whiny lying c*nt.

  • borborygmi

    Let me take the guns rights side. Loughner had a gun obtained legally. The gun laws in existence didn’t have an effect on this lone shooter.

    It was the victims faults because they weren’t carrying nor apparently was anyone in the area.
    The least they could do was shoot back. sarc.

  • Dakotabound

    Can I still say F-him while it’s legal?

  • $8194357

    Check this out…It’s getting nuts out their.

    The words “mother” and “father” will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology, the State Department says.

    “The words in the old form were ‘mother’ and ‘father,’” said Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services. “They are now ‘parent one’ and ‘parent two.’”

    Can you believe this? Gender neutral parent passport applications…The world has gone mad. PC to the highest power….I bet the Founders would love modern day PC America…This stems and is an agenda of the cultural marxist attacking the super structure of western society. Cultural terrorism was hatched by the left and forced on us by the left..God forgive them Father for they know not what they do. Some of these folks knew excactly the desired outcome of their studies and agendas..
    In Liberty and Faith

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