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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Sunday, April 04, 2010 :::

Are acts of political violence especially common lately, or have they just been getting undue attention?

It could be the former, as Congress and the President did just pass a huge piece of legislation, while taunting its opponents, after large swaths of the public made it clear they were among those opponents being belittled. I obviously don't condone any of the recent violence, but I can understand that some on the right would feel like the legislators really don't care at all about their opinions and that a handful of them would react violently, and I can understand that some on the left might react to the demonization of opponents of the bill with similar actions.

But it could also be the latter, especially as some politicians are going out of their way to manufacture trouble. And most of the stories that have been drawing so much attention (the militia group may be an exception) seem less serious than the violence directed at the last Republican convention (I briefly blogged about the bomb plot last summer), a story which seemed to get very little coverage.

Much of Iowahawk's latest is made up, but he does link to quite a few real stories of violence, and not all of them are especially recent.


::: posted by Steven at 12:09 AM

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