U.S. politician wants to outlaw threatening symbols, possibly including the Sarah Palin map

A Democratic Congressman plans to bring in a bill to outlaw violent symbols targeting members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate, or the judiciary.

In an inteview on CNN, Robert Brady (D-Penn) said he wants to make it a federal crime to use threatening language or symbols against federal officials.

"All we are trying to do is protect ourselves and our staff members," Brady said.

When asked when the legislation would be brought forward, he replied it would be on the "first day when we go back in session".

Brady made his comments following a bipartisan conference call involving members of Congress about how to enhance safety following yesterday's shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords outside a Safeway store in Tucson.

Six people were killed, including Giffords's aide Gabe Zimmerman.

Brady hinted that a controversial map created by Sarah Palin's political action committee—which featured targets on 20 House districts—would be illegal if his proposal is adopted.

The map included Arizona's eighth district, which is represented by Giffords in Congress.

The CNN interviewer pointed out that Palin's map only featured symbols over top of districts, but that didn't dissuade Brady from taking a hard line. "Everyone knows who represents that district," he said.

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waynesa98
the palin map uses the USGS location marker, and why is that violent? Now if they outlaw the democrats use of bullseyes and crosshairs all the better.
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Tracy Mangold
"In an inteview on CNN, Robert Brady (D-Penn) said he wants to make it a federal crime to use threatening language or symbols against federal officials."

So what exactly constitutes "threatening language"? What symbols will be considered threatening? What are the parameters here and just how far will it go?
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Jen06
An interesting point about the Dems use of "symbols"

http://www.verumserum.com/?p=13647
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VanSteve
@waynesa98

It is violent because to the average viewer, it looks like gun sights, and Palin introduced the map through a tweet that said "Don't Retreat, RELOAD." [caps hers].

Tell me how that's not violent. I'm sure she meant no actual harm, but when you use directly firearms-related rhetoric in an environment where people are literally bringing guns to rallies on a regular basis and in an environment where there has already been a shooting on at least one of the representatives' offices, you have to accept your share of the responsibility, even as indirect as it is, when someone carries out the literal meaning of the words you used in your rhetoric.
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Lea
If it was a surveryor's symbol then why was Palin's motto reload not remeasure?
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Lector
Sarah tweeted last year that they were "bulleseyes." From the horse's mouth.
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Catchlight
If investigators find a link between Sarah Palin's assassin rhetoric, her crosshairs map, and the shooter's frame of mind, Palin should be arrested and charged with inciting this tragic crime. This terrible shooting is the logical outcome of the hate-mongering that now passes for news and commentary on the Fox network and on far-right radio shows in the USA.
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deerr
You guys are dipsticks. The guy was a committed leftist.

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2011/01/jared_loughner_alle...

Stop blaming palin for your own violent tendencies. After all, you guys made her daughter have to get security for her dancing with the stars appearance, after death threats.
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Morty
And gunsights are very different from the actual bullseyes drawn on the Democratic maps linked to by Jen06. Heck, one of those maps looks like it's just showing the locations of Target stores.
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Charles Booth
This senseless act of violence had nothing to do with free speech and anyone who is trying to capitalize on it to further their own agenda should be ashamed!How low can you sick people go to make sure only your side of the story is told???Censorship was the enemy of the left once and now it is their Goal!!!
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welldoneson
It's obvious that the Palin map refers to specific ridings where the Dem candidate was thought to be beatable in an election.
It's equally obvious that the Dems had no problem with this map until after this shooting, and that they dragged this up in a desperate and risible attempt to propagandize the issue.
If the Palin map is seen to be encouraging violence, then so is every image of Che Guevera ever posted or worn by anyone, for he was a violent man who used violence for political ends.

Look at these pictures if you think the Dems don't encourage violence and murder:
http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=621#photos
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alec
Palin is a tool but making a new law isn't going to do anything in a country that is hell bent on having guns, it's part of their culture to be rednecks and gunslingers. What needs to be addressed (and fixed) is the mentality that everything can be settled with violence.
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Messer
Who cares?
She uses bullseyes. She hunts buffalo or bald eagles or bears!?!?
She's retarded. She made a stupid map wanting the right to win those districts.
The guy doesn't care about Sarah Palin or the Tea Party. This is getting ridiculous.
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Darryl
President Barack Obama, "...if they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun..."

I'm so mad that Sarah Palin used a "symbol." Shame on her.
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Thomas Jefferson
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." Thomas Jefferson
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miguel
That disclaimer that it's a surveyors target is absolute bullshit. I was a land surveyor for 12 yrs., and never used a rifle scope to do a job, despite the variety of optical instruments we utilized.
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TB
Robert Brady (D-Penn) said he wants to make it a federal crime to use threatening language or symbols against federal officials. Give me a break... Every time some looney does something hideous, someone comes up with a bill that is even more insane than the perp. More waste of our taxes. You cannot legislate morality &... sanity, and you will NEVER stop criminals & nuts from getting guns illegally on the street. No one can stop some creep from a window or sneaking up to anyone and hurting them with a gun or knife. If I could, I would tell Robert Brady to go find something logical & constructive to spend my PA tax $$ on.
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Decker
The crosshairs are now on Wasila, Alaska. What a moron.
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2012gop
June 14, 2008
What did Barack Obama said he would do to counter Republican attacks? “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun, ” Barack Obama said at a Philadelphia fundraiser Friday night. Mobster wisdom tells us never to bring a knife to a gun fight. But what does political wisdom say about bringing a gun to a knife fight?
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welldoneson
Those of you who think the sun shines from various lefty orifices (ori?) need to check this out. This link works, unlike my earlier zombie link which seems to stall:
http://www.zombietime.com/hall_of_shame/
Those of you blaming Palin and Fox news for the Arizona shooting need to, er, broaden your horizons, shall I say... not to be rude, but...
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