Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Josh Horwitz on the Shooting

From his official statement.
Sadly, Saturday’s tragedy was both predictable and inevitable. Insurrectionist rhetoric—which posits that the Second Amendment gives individuals the right to take violent action when they believe that our government has become “tyrannical”—was once confined to the dark corners of gun shows and the Internet. In today’s America, however, it has become a “mainstream” idea that is widely promoted by movement conservatives, high-profile media figures, and even elected officials and candidates. Tucson was not unique—since the conservative wing of the Supreme Court embraced the insurrectionist idea in the D.C. v. Heller decision in 2008, there have been numerous threats and acts of violence against government officials.  
I guess it's all how you look at it. Robert Farago feels these incidents are infrequent to the point of actually saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." I asked him if he was out of his mind.

What do you think? Please leave a comment.


  1. I published the time line you refer to on my blog and it made my brain hurt.
    It's pretty damning, but the people who make up the list of perps would never let themselves be affected by facts.

  2. Wow, Microdot. You sure did spend a lot of time collecting totally unrelated incidents from the news and listing them in order of occurrence.

  3. FWM, are you kidding, "totally unrelated?"

    That's one helluva compilation. You should be proud to belong to such an illustrous fraternity.