GOP senator says lowering violent rhetoric means ‘the shooter wins’

By David Edwards
Sunday, January 23, 2011 13:44 EDT
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Following the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in the hospital, there have been calls for politicians and pundits to back off violent rhetoric.

But tea party favorite Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) isn’t about to let the tragedy change his tone.

Prior to the shooting, Republicans in the House introduced “The Repealing the Job-Killing Health-Care Law Act.” Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) used the phrase “job-killing” eight times in one briefing on Jan. 4.

Most Republicans dialed back that rhetoric in the wake of the shooting.

“Whether it’s job-killing, job-destroying, job-crushing, job-ending, job-eliminating, job-preventing, job-limiting, job-hurting, job-excising, job-removing, job-exterminating, or job-doingawaywith – the point is clear,” Cantor later said.

In an interview broadcast on ABC Sunday, Lee refused to follow Cantor’s lead.

“The shooter wins if we, who’ve been elected, change what we do just because of what he did,” Lee told ABC.

And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may agree.

Speaking to Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday about whether Republicans would force a shut down of the government if Democrats didn’t agree to deep spending cuts, McConnell used some violent imagery of his own.

“Nobody is going to put a gun to anybody’s head here,” he said.

This video is from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Jan. 23, 2011.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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