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article imageOp-Ed: Host of M-16 shooting event targeting Gabby Giffords gets GOP nod

By Bill Schmalfeldt     Apr 18, 2012 in Politics
I don't know. Maybe it's just me? But if I were the host of an event billed as “Get on Target for Victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly," six months before she was shot...
Would I be so bald-faced shameless that I would seek the GOP nomination to fill the vacancy caused when some nut with a gun shot and killed six people, including a little girl, and damn near killed the aforementioned congresswoman? Shot her right through the head? Causing her to resign so she can devote her full strength and attention to recovering from the kind of injury that Kelly wanted to cause... metaphorically?
Oh, no doubt Jared Loughner, an apprent nut case with no particular political affiliations probably never even heard of Kelly and his little shoot-em-up event.
But wouldn't, I don't know... some sense of shame that most human beings have... wouldn't that keep you from entering the contest to replace the woman that you asked your supporters to shoot... metaphorically?
From the June 9, 2010 Arizona Star:
Jesse Kelly, meanwhile, doesn't seem to be bothered in the least by the Sarah Palin controversy earlier this year, when she released a list of targeted races in crosshairs, urging followers to "reload" and "aim" for Democrats. Critics said she was inciting violence.
He seems to be embracing his fellow tea partier's idea. Kelly's campaign event website has a stern-looking photo of the former Marine in military garb holding his weapon. It includes the headline: "Get on Target for Victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly."
The event costs $50.
Any mention of the event has been scrubbed from Kelly's website. Good thing Firedoglake saved this image. I would be ashamed to show my face, let alone run for the GOP nomination to replace her in the Congress.
But guess what...
You got it.
"Shame" is apparently not high on the list of human emotions experienced by Mr. Kelly or the folks who voted for him in the GOP primary yesterday to fill the seat Gifford vacated so she can work on her recovery. From being shot. In the head. Like Kelly wanted... metaphorically.
Kelly will face face former Giffords district manager Ron Barber in the June 12th special election. Barber was also injured in the shooting melee -- Loughner's, not Kelly's -- as you can see in the attached video.
Voters will have an interesting choice in June. The candidate who promotes violence, or the one who saw its effects up close and personal.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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