So, here is a thing Sarah Palin had up on her website yesterday, for funsies, and for politics, and suchlike:
And here is why she took it down today, one imagines. It is a headline that came up today, while I was browsing my personal internet:
Doctors ‘optimistic’ for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery after Arizona shooting that killed 6
Published: Saturday, January 08, 2011, 4:46 PM
And here, kids, is why we are CAREFUL ABOUT VILIFYING PEOPLE AND RECOMMENDING OR INCITING VIOLENCE — EVEN IF JOKINGLY OR METAPHORICALLY — IN PUBLIC.
Because, no, Sarah Palin is not going to get a gun and shoot Gabrielle Giffords and/or anyone who gets in her way, while she’s shooting Gabrielle Giffords. Of course not! That’s wacky talk! So why would Sarah Palin think twice about utilizing images of crosshairs over the areas where people live, next to some words reading “It’s Time To Take A Stand?” That is just some effective rhetoric for a cause one believes in, designed to get people fightin’ and votin’ mad! No-one is going to be shooting anyone over this, right? No-one is going to grab a gun and start shooting. Because you’d have to be deeply fucked up and stupid and monstrous, to grab a gun and start shooting, over the “metaphorically shoot these people” Sarah Palin web poster.
Oh, whoops! One guy who saw that was deeply fucked up and monstrous! Oh, WHOOPS AGAIN: That guy’s got a gun. Oh, ULTRA WHOOPS: Gabrielle Giffords is, “optimistically” speaking, probably going to get better. And six other people are dead.
And that’s why we are careful. That’s why we pitch big fucking fits about the importance of being careful, because you know what? All it takes — all it ever takes — is that one fucked-up guy, out of however many people are listening to you. All it takes is that one guy. And you don’t know who he is. Or where. Or what he’s planning.
[EDIT: Kateoplis has video of Gabrielle Giffords talking about how the death threats and harassment are a little extreme — “Sarah Palin has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district and when people do that, they’ve gotta realize there are consequences to that action” — and really, people ought to be responsible and stop and condemn them, and the white guy interviewing her asks her if her reaction to the Palin thing isn’t a LITTLE unfair, and she says, y’know, maybe it’s not? But she’s not scared. Kateoplis has video of this conversation, about how Gabrielle Giffords finds this extreme and irresponsible but she’s not scared, from about nine months before Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at point-blank range.]
[But Sarah Palin took down the cross-hairs poster that Giffords said was inciting death threats against her. After Giffords got shot.]
[H/T Meredith for the graphic.]