Anger over health-care reform spurs rise in threats against Congress members
Anger over the health-care overhaul has led to a nearly threefold increase in recent months in the number of serious threats against members of Congress, federal law enforcement officials said.
The lawmakers reported 42 threats in the first three months of this year, compared with 15 in last three months of 2009, said Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance W. Gainer, who had information about threats involving both chambers.
"The incidents ranged from very vulgar to serious threats, including death threats," Gainer said. "The ability to carry them out is another question and part of an investigation to determine what, if any, appropriate steps to take."
Nearly all of the recent threats appear to come from opponents of the health-care overhaul, said Gainer, who also served four years as chief of the U.S. Capitol Police. And, he said, there have been "significantly more" threats against House members than against senators.
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How can something like health care reform drive people to make death threats? I know how... people like Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and all of Faux News delivering outright lies about it to millions of people and acting like Armageddon is coming has made the crazies even crazier. Shame on them.
Should they be held responsible for deliberately lying to the American public and causing such an unnecessary furor over this issue?
While these knuckleheads think they are exercising their rights to free speech, this sort of incitement to harm legislators is like screaming "Fire!" in a crowded theater when there is no fire... and that is NOT covered by our first amendment right to free speech, thank you very much.
I was very active in the anti-war movement and not once did I ever hear or see such animosity towards legislators and war mongers that would make anyone want to harm them or their families. Never. But then again, the news media didn't cover our protests or activities. Many protest signs were quite nasty, but none called for death threats.
Speaking of the idiocracy that is Sarah Palin, I don't even know why President Obama even replied to her charges that reducing nukes would make America less safe.
Good answer, Barry. The sad thing is that millions of people listen to this completely uniformed no-nothing, air head, Palin. God help the USA."I really have no response. Because last I checked, Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear issues," Obama told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "If the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff are comfortable with it, I'm probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin."
Isn't our country reminding you even more of Orwell's 1984 than ever before?