Well there's a reason why Palin and her bestest buddy Glenn Beck have been criticized for putting cross hairs, and "Reloading" against Democrats.
It's because people lives have already been put at risk - 3 Times - and it leads righr back to Glenn Beck.
Once is dumb luck. Twice is a coincidence, but three times is a clear and recognizable pattern.
First there was Byron Williams who wanted to "Start a Revolution" by killing people at the Tides Foundation and ACLU.
From the Jailhouse William's explain the motivation for his action were based on "Crime Inc" conspiracy theories he heard from Glenn Beck about George Soros, the Center for American Progress, the ACLU and Tides.
Byron writes, "You want to know about Soros and Tides, yes, Glenn Beck is doing very well uncovering his wickedness, check his 'June' programs for 'Petrobraz', also look into 'DiscoverTheNetworks.com.' "
Byron also writes that "very good information regarding 'Petrobraz' can be found in Glenn Beck's 'June' shows, where he accurately covered the Obama-Soros-Petrobraz-Chicago (Crime Inc.) connections for several days. It's all true."
Byron adds that he "found allusions to the Horizon disaster as a 'false-flag' operation in Alex Jones 'Info.Wars.com' and 'PrisonPlanet.com.' "
"Think like a conspiracy theorist," Byron tells me during the interview. "Except don't use the word 'theory.' Because the conspiracies are not theories. The official report is the lie; the conspiracy is the truth.?"
Byron says he thinks Beck has improved in recent months. "I don't think he's a natural newscaster, you know what I mean?" he says. "I look at it more like a schoolteacher on TV, you know? He's got that big chalkboard and those little stickers, the decals. I like the way he does it." [Media Matters, 10/11/10]
The Second Beck Inspired Death Threat was by Charles Alan Wilson against Washington Senator Patty Murray when he left messages like this.
"Just remember that as you are politicing for your reelection. It only takes one piece of lead. ... Kill the fucking Senator! Kill the fucking Senator! I'll donate the lead. ... Now that you've passed your health-care bill, let the violence begin. Let the violence begin.""
His Cousin stated that Charlie had fallen under the Spell of Beck.
While his actions were undeniably wrong and his choices were terrible, in part they were the actions of others played out by a very gullible Charlie. He was under the spell that Glenn Beck cast, aided by the turbulent times in our economy. I don't believe that Charlie even had the ability to actually carry out his threats.
Third there was Gregory Guisti who not long after Glenn Beck stated a mock murder of Nancy Pelosi repeatedly threated to Fire-Bomb her home. Her mother stated he was influenced to hate and threaten Pelosi because of Fox News.
Giusti Admitted To Making "More Than 30 Phone Calls" Threatening Pelosi Not To Support Health Care Reform. The Associated Press reported in April 2010 that in one recorded call, "Giusti said, 'if you pass this freaking health care plan don't bother coming back to California cause you ain't gonna have a place to live,' according to a transcript of the message included in an amended complaint." The AP added: "Officials said the caller often recited Pelosi's home address and said if she wanted to see it again, she should not support the health care overhaul bill that since has been enacted. Giusti left at least two recorded messages containing threats involving one of Pelosi's residences in Northern California, according to the complaint." [The Associated Press, 4/8/10]
Giusti Called Pelosi "A Witch" And Said He Didn't Like Her Pushing Health Care Bill "Down The People's Throats." The AP further reported that Giusti "told investigators he had phoned Pelosi about a half-dozen times, called her a witch and said he did not like her 'pushing the health care bill down the people's throats,' the complaint stated." [The Associated Press, 4/8/10]
ELEANOR GIUSTI: Greg has -- frequently gets in with a group of people that have really radical ideas and that are not consistent with myself or the rest of the family and -- which gets him into problems. And apparently I would say this must be another one that somehow he's gotten onto either by -- I'd say Fox News or all of those that are really radical, and he -- that's where he comes from
Just like what is suspected of Jared Loughner, Guisti has reported mental health issues.
With this recent history of near violence, is it any wonder that people questioned the connection between Palin's Gun sites and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords? Frankly, it's more surprising that their isn't any connection - so far - however it should be noted that Loughner ex-girlfriend says that he's faking his insanity to avoid prison and that in fact - he's VERY POLITICAL and would constantly rant about the Government.
We honesty don't fully know why Jared Loughner did what he did, whether he's been faking or not, and exactly what is the nature and source of his anti-government paranoia. We don't know if there was a trigger event in his life, or if like Mark David Chapman and Catcher in the Rye something in the public sphere set him off.
We don't really know - but let's also not forget that 11 out of 20 of the Sarah Palin Hit List were attacked and/or threatened. He may not been taking marching orders from Beck like Williams or Guisti, but that doesn't mean the general atmosphere of "blood in the water" - including the successful assault on Gifford's offices (which remain unsolved, and we don't know that Loughner wasn't involved) - didn't have an impact.
Still, it's ridiculous for the right-wing to complain that they're being persecuted by the presumption that their Incessant Hate Speech and Murder Metaphors had anything to do with it, but at the same time they are regularly arguing that he was really a "Lefty" because he read The Communist Manifesto (which is about Communism, not Liberalism), that he targeted Gabby Giffords because she was a "pro-gun Blue Dog" (Who voted for the Health care bill?) and he shot a Federal Judge who was a Republican (Like, that was tattooed on his forehead?), or their latest hair-brained theory - Pot Made Him Do It.
Yeah, sure, it could be all that - but it couldn't possibly be the kind of radical anti-Government ("They're out to Control Everything") theories that motivated Williams or Guisti or Wilson?