Editorialist: Police State Brutality On The Rise
By Earlier this year in Tucson, Arizona a shooting rampage targeting U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made international news — and prompted a coordinated effort to demonize Tea Party supporters (and free speech itself).
Without knowing the details of the case, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik immediately blamed the shooting on "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," Dupnik said, calling Arizona "mecca for prejudice and bigotry."
Obviously, the world quickly learned that Dupnik was flat out wrong in his assessment of the situation. The violence in Tucson was the product of a deranged madman — not a discernable ideology. But that didn't stop Democratic leaders like U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn from saying that government should "rethink the parameters of free speech" in the wake of the shooting.
Five months after the Giffords' tragedy, another fatal shooting took place in Tucson — only this one didn't make international headlines. It has also failed to produce so much as a peep of disapproval from those who were so outraged earlier this year.
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