What are your thoughts on talking about killing our elected officals?

@ZephyrSun (7382)
United States
August 7, 2009 7:44pm CST
I personally find it crazy that people would openly talk in public about killing someone, especially nowadays with all the crazies out there. So, does it bother you when political talking heads talk about killing elected officals? Do you think that they could have something better to talk about than killing anyone? I certainly wouldn't stand outside and yell that I think someone should kill my neighbor but, that's just me. I mean even if I didn't like my neighbor I surely wouldn't do it. Also, does anyone know, are the "heads" investigated for their remarks? Or does the FBI just chalk it up to "fat mouths"?
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
8 Aug 09
I think it is a blatently iresponsable and shamefull thing to do, period. I know of only a few examples from the mainstream commercial venues, some have already been mentioned here, like Al Frankin's infamous line. One I haven't mentioned yet, though not really a call for a killing, was when John Kerry said he wished "palin would go missing". I would imagine the fbi or secret servic does look in to each and every one of thses cases, most are probably quickly discarded as rhetoric from "fat mouths" as you put it. Otheres are probably investigated a little more deeply, depending on who made the statement and the circumstances around it, though these people probably had no idea they were ever looked in to. Just out of curiosity, did you post this with any one particular incident in mind?
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@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
8 Aug 09
Well, I read that article about Beck and I just had enough of every person that is able to get their own show whether radio or television talking about killing someone, or as they also say have them knocked off. I don't really believe that we as a nation should infringe on someone's freedom of speech but, just as I am not allowed legally to yell fire in a crowded place, they too should not be allowed to talk about killing members of the government just because they happen to not agree with them politically. These fat mouths should try something like oh, running for office if they are so unhappy with their officals.
@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
8 Aug 09
I think it's grossly inappropriate. I haven't heard anyone on TV talking about it lately, but I do remember back in 2001 when people at the NAACP cheered a woman who said she wanted Strom Thurmond to die so democrats would get the majority in the senate. I generally assume the FBI chalks it up to "fat mouths" as you say. They can't very well investigate every single person who makes such a comment. With the president I assume they do at least some measure of investigation anytime someone makes such a comment. I'm sure such things were said about Bush, but the only "fat head" I specifically remember was Al Franken when he joked about helping al Quaeda kill the president. Clearly it didn't matter much to the voters of Minnesota or the democrats in congress.
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@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
8 Aug 09
I knew I had heard of a liberal making these types of "jokes" (sorry, I don't find them funny so I don't really consider them jokes) but, I couldn't remember which one. Thank you for reminding me. The NAACP, I hadn't heard of but, I agree with response two that there are so many other ways to get them out of office. It seems that this nation has many mentally unstable people in it and for them to hear "jokes" or suggestions it creates more violence this nation doesn't need. Thanks again for reminding me and I tried several times to rate you positive but, it just wouldn't happen. I'm not sure why the little + just stayed there instead of blocking out the + - and leaving the !
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• United States
8 Aug 09
It doesn't surprise me one bit that people are doing this, and it surprises me that no one does a thing about it. Many of these talking heads say these things to get better ratings, so they can make more money. Often they don't say they want to kill someone, they just imply it, and then say that YOU are the one implying that they said that. I think that people should be accountable, but I think that it is the job of the American people to hold them accountable. If you don't like what someone says, then go after the station that they are on, and the sponsers of their programs. If they can't make money doing it, then they will be off the air fast (we all learned that from the Christian Coalition back in the 80's).
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@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
9 Aug 09
I suppose I should listen to the ones that are on public airwaves so I can start calling and emailing the sponsors to tell them that I won't buy their products if they continue to sponsor shows that talk about killing people. Did the Christian Coalition talk about killing people in the 80's or were they just trying to collect billions of dollars from their followers so they could build a "Christian" waterpark? LOL
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• Philippines
8 Aug 09
There's only two goals to the killing of these officials, one is power, the other is revenge..mos specially if the elected official did the right thing and has busted every single corrupt activities of other officials and ordinary people..
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
8 Aug 09
You're right it's just too bad there's so much hate especially to the ones we elect to represent us.
• Gibraltar
8 Aug 09
No friend, this would be too bad. Now as you are not getting benefit there fore you are wanting to kill but why did you elect them and now look for some better solution.
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@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
8 Aug 09
Very true, I suppose this is a US thing. We seem to not really care what others think about the words we say.
• United States
30 Aug 09
I think that when the media talks about this stuff its because they want to make it a point to scare people. If somebody wanted to do it there is nothing that could stop them but when the media "talks" about it they just wait for it to happen and then blame some religious nut. They just love stiring up fear when there isn't any.
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
30 Aug 09
Most of the people that kill elected officals aren't religious nuts, they're just plain nuts lol I've often wondered if the media didn't tell us about attempts on their lives, how many there would really be. Maybe that whole birds of a feather could actually ring true for nuts.