Are the infamous “2nd Amendment remedies” once advocated by former Nevada Senatorial candidate Sharron Angle coming back into vogue? Oklahoma Republican John Sullivan seems to think so, telling a town hall audience that the only way the budget proposal authored by Rep. Paul Ryan would pass is if a few Democratic Senators got shot first.
According to Talking Points Memo, Sullivan told the crowd, “Like I said, after this last election, the first order of business is pass a budget. Now, I believe that. I supported the Paul Ryan budget and sent it over to the Senate. Now I live with some Senators, I yell at them all the time, I grabbed one of them the other day and shook him and I’d love to get them to vote for it — boy I’d love that. You know but other than me going over there with a gun and holding it to their head and maybe killing a couple of them, I don’t think they’re going to listen unless they get beat.”
Sullivan has since apologized for his “poor choice of words” and, according to his spokesperson, does not “condone any form of violence as a means to fix what is broken in Washington.”
Incited by politicians and pundits, the 2010 elections saw a surge in violent outbursts, both at candidate events and, prior to that, during fights against health care reform. But politicos shied away from violent rhetoric for a long time after the assassination attempt on Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who, prior to the shooting, was pegged as a “target” with crosshairs by Sarah Palin’s PAC in the 2010 elections. But the moratorium appears to be reaching an end. Last month, five Missouri Democrats found crosshair stickers on their nameplates at their offices in Jefferson City. And the Kansas Speaker of the House was recently chastised for what some construed as “praying” for the president’s death.
With an election looming, and partisan bickering growing even more pronounced, it appears that incendiary rhetoric is making yet another return to the arena. No wonder politicians grow more unpopular every day.
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